by Bruce Larsen
If I hadn’t become an artist, I think I would have been an archaeologist or paleontologist. I love the moment of discovery when I find a special piece and I already know where it will fit into a sculpture. Farming implements are big heavy steel and represent the hard-scrabble lives of intense labor. Old barns are being torn down and history is being sold off as scrap metal. A lot of it is really beautiful metal that lived a life. People worked hard to purchase these machines, like tractors, and they’re disappearing. I see it as not really saving the piece but honoring hard work and past lives. I think maybe people feel the history when they see my work, and that is part of why they like it. I have always felt that I’m the modern version of thousands of ancestors. I think their memories and passions are alive in me. I have waited 13 billion years to be me, and I’m not going to waste it.