Art by Smilia Marvosh

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“Garden Sprites”

Garden Stakes/Winter Sculpture

Hand-bent 1/4″ stainless steel rods and balls

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Yardbones are just that. When your garden dies back for the resting season, Yardbones will always be there, defining the loving space you have created that will be reborn again in the Spring. These Yardbones are actually plant stakes that can be separated for the growing season to support your tall flowers, and then grouped together for a winter sculpture. They are hand bent ¼” stainless steel rods with stainless steel balls that are threaded onto the ends. Set in the ground they range in height from 30” up to 48”.


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Rebar anchored in concrete base – approx. 8′ tall
Yard Bones

I am endlessly fascinated by playing with the juxtapositions of bent “stems.” After I bend a certain number of stems that seem adequate for a piece comes the real fun of discovering the most exciting way to assemble them. It always amazes me that I bend each separate stem with only a general idea of how they might fit together in the final product but always comes the knowing and excitement when I get them “just right”, as if there is a more detailed knowing beyond my own that I have just the right number of pieces with just the right bends. It’s almost as if they make themselves and I am just the surprised tool. Which then begs the question – why do artists make things, anyway…






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“Trinity Islands”

Stainless steel gazing balls, stainless rod, stainless de-constructible base bolted to concrete footing.

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This piece is an endless treasure for me to look at. It sits on the edge of my pink cobblestone driveway and reflects my little Victorian house 3 times over, and the surprising part of it is that because of the physics of the circular reflections, it looks like my house is an island completely encircled in pink cobblestone. It looks like a fairytale and I live there. There are some really neat surprises when working with reflective metals like stainless steel, which are unpredictable and welcome.


Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 12:37 am.

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“Dingwell Ditty”

Electrical conduit pipe anchored in concrete
approx. 7′ tall

Dingwell Ditty

I began bending metal with electrical conduit tubing because it was inexpensive and I was experimenting; if I ruined a bend, I could dispose of the piece without much cost. Unfortunately, a couple of them turned out really nice, and I wish they were in stainless! A solid stainless rod can forgive a misguided bend, but an over-bend on a hollow tube can result in a kink that is non-rectifiable! This was the first piece I sold, to some friends who love contemporary designs, both in and out of their home.









Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 12:32 am.

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“Snaky Lupus”

Rebar anchored in concrete base – approx. 9′ tall

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Snaky Lupus is one of my favorite pieces. I think of it as a dance much like the exotic story we all know where the flute player in the market uses his notes to lift the cobra from the basket and encourages her to spread her hood – we are mesmerized by the sight just as the snake is mesmerized by the tune. It reminds me of something very alive, twisting and turning and snapping into various forms in response to the environment. In this case, the music of the Earth encourages the stems of the sculpture to lift from where they lay curled in the ground, life always waiting to blossom again. Snaky is very friendly and would be happy to allow a vine to trail up its tendrils.


Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 12:27 am.

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“Spectre Spector”

Stainless steel gazing balls, stainless rod, set in stainless sleeves in a concrete base. approx 7 1/2′ tall

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This was a commissioned piece for a wonderfully large garden at a home surrounded by wetlands and woods at the end of a dead-end street. In other parts of the garden are a swimming pool filled in with trees, shrubs, and flowers, classical female and male statuary, multiple pathways and planted areas, complete with a small cliff. All of it works well together as there are natural divisions between areas. “Spectre Spector” becomes visible as you bend around the driveway toward the house.


Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 12:20 am.

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“Here’s to you, Doug “

Stainless steel rods with adjustable stainless steel “arrows”, anchored in a concrete base – approx. 7′ tall.

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This sculpture was inspired by an artist I knew for way too short a time, before his heart took him on a different path then the one he intended (or did he?) one day while walking on the beach near his home. Doug’s life was a life that, when it touched those of his family and friends, forced them to expand in ways they never could have imagined, melting prejudices, clarifying love, breaking through human barriers and breaking hearts in ways that caused new hearts to grow. I am amazed that only having met him one or two times I carry his missing with me so much.


Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 12:05 am.

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“Earth – are you receiving?”

Stainless steel disks welded to stainless steel rod, anchored in a concrete base – approx. 8′ tall.

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This was my first stainless steel sculpture, and was inspired by some red plastic swizzle sticks for mixing drinks. In fact, I made the model for this sculpture out of those swizzle sticks. Because of the circular patterns ground into the finish on the oval discs, sunlight plays off them in surprising ways, causing bouncing light gleams and making it seem as if you could almost put your hand right into one. I always think of this sculpture as my outer space communications system – keeping in touch with home.


Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 11:44 pm.

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“Re-Mark 16”

Stainless steel copper-colored gazing balls, steel rod, and
rebar anchored in concrete base.

Re-Mark 16 | Art by Smilia Marvosh
This is my first combination of things that rust touching things that don’t rust. Rusting steel tendrils attach the stainless steel gazing balls to the rebar stems. I am anxiously awaiting the interaction to see what it produces. Re-Mark 16 detail

Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 2:16 am.

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