I cannot take a hike through the desert without coming out with detritus – old bones, rusted metal, driftwood.
My favorite is assembled from the jawbone of a horse, an old oil can lid and a rusted piston.
I have incorporated my Found Object sculptures into usable items – Desert Detritus Clocks. The clock works are all accurate quartz mechanisms that run on an AA battery. The clocks themselves are all created from scavenged debris from the Sonoran Desert. Rusted metal pieces that come down in the washes after Monsoon; weathered wood and cholla collected from my hikes into the desert and Superstition Mountains.
Some people do not like the shiny brass pendulums on the hanging clocks; I like the juxtaposition of old and new. That doesn’t mean that I can’t be talked into artificially aging the brass. There are a number of ways to add verdigree to the brass.
Most of these clocks can be had for $100 – $150 dollars. The high end is $250. Each is an unique, one-of-a-kind creation. It cannot be duplicated. Every Cholla root is different. Every piece of washed up wood has its own character, and every rusted metal can lid or autombile speedometer gage is different.