Light Art

Caped Heroes: About

Tatanka wears the Green Cape

Tatanka is a sacred name from Lakota origin, which translates to buffalo or buffalo bull, which also means “he who owns us.”  The cape represents his hero status, symbolic of gods, kings, and other figures of might represented in myths and reality.  Green is universally associated with nature, linked as it is to grass, plants and trees. It also represents growth and renewal, being the color of spring and rebirth. The sphere represents our world, weathered, torn, beaten, scratched, and textured by the hands of men.  The muted black washed colors represent the struggle and diminish of the world humans have created, a darkened existence that once flourished.  The tired posture and struggling emotions represent the reality of the world they live in, their beaten soul marching on.  The hero represents the ancient beings of this world while man the foe of these icons.  One other note is that I happened to like this band called Heartless Bastards, and the cover of one of my favorite albums of theirs has a bison upon it.

Bear wears the Blue Cape

Bear is a grizzly bear, standing upright atop a weathered sphere.  The cape represents his hero status, symbolic of gods, kings, and other figures of might represented in myths and reality.  Blue represents depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence. The sphere represents our world, weathered, torn, beaten, scratched, and textured by the hands of men.  The muted black washed colors represent the struggle and diminish of the world humans have created, a darkened existence that once flourished.  The tired posture and struggling emotions represent the reality of the world they live in, their beaten soul marching on.  The hero represents the ancient beings of this world while man the foe of these icons.

Korben wears the Purple Cape

Korben is a rescued black bear, residing at the Austin Zoo. I have sculpted a bronze piece of him in commemoration of his life and resiliency.  This version of Korben is part of a series of small ceramic sculptures depicting iconic animals in capes standing upon a weathered sphere.  My interpretation and representations follow.

The cape represents his hero status, symbolic of gods, kings, and other figures of might represented in myths and reality. Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The sphere represents our world, weathered, torn, beaten, scratched, and textured by the hands of men.  The muted black washed colors represent the struggle and diminish of the world humans have created, a darkened existence that once flourished.  The tired posture and struggling emotions represent the reality of the world they live in, their beaten soul marching on.  The hero represents the ancient beings of this world while man the foe of these icons.