Scott Osborne wanted to represent something old and something new in his sculpture for the Carmel Clay Historical Society.
Former CCHS executive director Emily Ehrgott commissioned Osborne to do the sculpture a year-and-a-half ago
The kinetic interactive sculpture, which Osborne calls “Blossoming,” made its debut March 22 outside the CCHS building, 211 1st St. SW, near the Monon Trail.
Osborne, 25, grew up in Carmel, graduating from Heritage Christian High School in 2013.
“They had these retired Monon Railroad signs and they wanted something kinetic,” Osborne said of the piece. “I had a lot of freedom. The odd shape of the counterweight that was used from the railroad had kind of an organic leaf like shape to it, so that led me to make the flower.”
Osborne said he implemented some of the Monon past with signs and the present with bicycle parts.
“There is a full bicycle in there,” Osborne said. “It’s a kids’ bike cut into parts. The handlebars and gear system have been used. There are all kinds of hidden Easter eggs. There is actually a hidden shape of Indiana in there.”
To Osborne, the sculpture represents the past, present and future.
One consistent feature in Osborne’s sculptures is the number 3.
“I tend to use that a lot,” said Osborne, who is finishing up his degree this semester at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI. “Really I use it every time as my structure reference for the sculpture. It happens to be my favorite number. I’m the third child. I’m born in March (the third month). My grandfather passed away three days before I was born and he’s the most reflective family member of me. Every part of the structure is a triangle.”
While doing other projects, Osborne took about a year to build it after planning it for several months.
Osborne started with an illustration studies at Herron.
“I took a ceramics class I fell in love with and developed into a hands-on 3-D approach my junior year,” Osborne said. “That led me to sculpture.”