Walter May • 2010 - 2014 • Selected Works 

Cane Bundle: Strapped Whipped • 2014
Cane Bundle: Strapped Whipped • 2014

Approx. 30" h x 4" w x 3" d. A burnt cane embedded in a wooden apple, a wooden bucket handle, and an aluminum rod culminating in a circular loop are joined by a galvanized metal strap and some yellow cord.

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On the Nickle • 2013
On the Nickle • 2013

Dimensions vary. Small nickle and chrome plated implements are partially dipped in tar and suspended from bead chain.

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On the Nickle • 2013
On the Nickle • 2013

Detail view of implements.

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Bottoms Up Black sheep • 2013
Bottoms Up Black sheep • 2013

58 1/4 x 42 x 43" A section of tree trunk with a bentwood protrusions sits on a black sheepskin. Atop the trunk is a collection of inverted metal table legs.

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Level best • 2013
Level best • 2013

Installation of "Level Best" at Art Gallery of Calgary. Works included in this 7 part installation are: "Prop," "Plank," "Plumb," "Hobble," "Balance," "Bookkeeper" and "XO".

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Level Best ("Prop") • 2013
Level Best ("Prop") • 2013

Bentwood chair, burnt wooden bowl, branches.

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Level Best ("Plank") • 2013
Level Best ("Plank") • 2013

Tripods, oak plank, wooden handles in a wooden toolbox, driftwood, bentwood, and plumb bob.

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Level Best ("Balance") • 2013
Level Best ("Balance") • 2013

A number of wooden handles and knobs are attached to a tree trunk which is balanced on a wooden bowl. Private Collection.

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Level Best ("Hobble") • 2013
Level Best ("Hobble") • 2013

Portions of two tree trunks connected by a steel cable are now separated by a split wooden bowl.

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Plume • 2012
Plume • 2012

52" h x 18" w x 22 d" A galvanized sheet metal stovepipe clutches a piece of burnt driftwood. The stovepipe is attached to a tree trunk, capped with stretched rawhide.

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Chairlift 2 • 2012
Chairlift 2 • 2012

Approx. 11ft high. Two bentwood chairs are attached to steel pipes which are supported by separate cast iron bases.

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"XO" • 2012
"XO" • 2012

Two components approx. 38" h x 16" w x 16" d. each Two bentwood chairs are placed on low plinths which also display charred braces which were previously attached to the chair legs.

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Tuttles Rocker • 2012
Tuttles Rocker • 2012

Carved and burnt wood object reminiscent of a small sculpture by Richard Tuttle is placed adjacent to part of a bentwood chair.

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Trailer •  2011
Trailer • 2011

11’6” L x 3’ w x 28” h. A steel pressure tank stabilized by small wooden wedges is attached to a burnt poplar branch.

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Looped • 2011
Looped • 2011

25" h x 72" L. x 22" d A large walnut burl sits on two burnt, bentwood chair backs.

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Looped • 2011
Looped • 2011

Alternate view of "Looped".

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Slicker • 2010
Slicker • 2010

Approx. 9' L x 4’ w. x 8” h. A fir beam raised on two small burnt cedar blocks is partially covered by a rubberized raincoat. A burnt arbutus branch is laid on top of the beam. A second sculpture, "Tuttle's Rocker" is seen in the background.

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Slicker • 2010
Slicker • 2010

End view of "Slicker".

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Installation • Alberta Biennial • 2010
Installation • Alberta Biennial • 2010

Installation of "Pin Pine" (2007/08) and "Scavenger and Forager" (2007) at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

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Shadow and Prunings • 2011/12
Shadow and Prunings • 2011/12

Installation of "Shadow" with "Prunings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall" at the Esplanade, Medicine Hat. Alberta.

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Shadow • 2012
Shadow • 2012

60" h x 32" w x32" d. Reproduction of a stone garden pedestal constructed from burnt cedar. The original pedestal was located at Chateau Mathieu, in Normandy, France.

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Chairlift (aka Bentwood) • 2011
Chairlift (aka Bentwood) • 2011

approx. 11' h. x 40" w. x 18" d. Two bentwood chair frames are supported by steel poles with cast iron bases. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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Knob • 2010
Knob • 2010

18"h x 8"w x 6"d Branch, wooden knob, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall". This series follows the initial "Pruning and Cuttings" work completed at the Chateau Mathiu Residency in 2009,

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Grip • 2011
Grip • 2011

16" h x 12" w x 6" d. Branches, handles, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall".

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Black Bow • 2010
Black Bow • 2010

10"h x 2" w x 11" d branch, handle, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall".

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Old Willow • 2010
Old Willow • 2010

Branch, handle, cord. Detail of a work from the 14 part series "Prunnings, Cuttings, Windfall, Deadfall".

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Chairlift and Roots
Chairlift and Roots

Installation of Chairlift (2011) and Roots (2010) at the. Nickle Arts Galleries, Univ. of Calgary, 2014.

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Roots • 2010
Roots • 2010

Three wooden handles are attached to section of tree root.

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Tar Babies • 2011/12
Tar Babies • 2011/12

Installation approx. 15' w x 6 ' h. Twenty eight small objects and personal ephemera are partially dipped in tar and suspended from brass bead chain.

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Tar Babies • 2011/12
Tar Babies • 2011/12

A detail image of a portion of the "Tar Babies" installation.

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Wisdom to Folly • 2010
Wisdom to Folly • 2010

A wooden utility pole is adorned with small cankers from Madrone trees. It is supported by two pedestals, one constructed from dimensional lumber, the other from a interwoven stack of Madrone branches. The work is located on a ridge adjacent to a grove of Madrone Trees. Collection of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

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Wisdom to Folly • 2010 • end view
Wisdom to Folly • 2010 • end view

Alternate view of "Wisdom to Folly." Part of the Sculpture Collection of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, SMIP Ranch, Woodside, California.

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Pure X • 2010
Pure X • 2010

Cankers from Madrone trees emerge from a glass Purex bottle.

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Yellow Knuckleball • 2010
Yellow Knuckleball • 2010

approx size: 4" dia. The "Knuckleball" is comprised of a bundle of small cankers and branches, yellow twine and spent matches. Private Collection.

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White Knuckleball • 2010
White Knuckleball • 2010

Approx. 4" dia. The "White Knuckleball" is made of small cankers and branches held together by white twine and installed next to a light switch. Private collection.

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Plugged • 2010
Plugged • 2010

15.5" L x 15" wide x 18" d. A pine tree (trunk and roots) that has been washed by the river is adorned with wood buttons and handles. The tree is hung from the ceiling by a short length of chain.

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