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By August 21, 2022No Comments

The concept behind this project started a few years ago, when I was asked to develop a semi-permanent sculpture for the Chateau de la Napoule, ultimately we didn’t proceed on the project, but over the years, it continues to draw interest.

Division, digital render, 2016, John K. Melvin

What’s the concept?  What’s the story?

Division is named after cell division in biology.  I was interested in the metaphorical aspects of the Division, in that no matter what we do in life, our past shapes us.  Cell division consists of one thing that splits into two perfect copies, each taking a part of the other if you will.  So while helping a friend manage a property in Cambodia, and as I was struggling with designing the form, another friend suggested I take a walk with my sketch book.  I found some coral and was enamored with how it had grown over itself.  The seed was planted.  Later, I took the hand sketches and made the 3d file, refining it as I went.

Division, Digital render, John K. Melvin 2017

so…what happened?

Flash forward a bit, I’ve now made two physical versions, each about 40cm tall.  Both are INOX or stainless steel plates, articulating a curve in space with the help of some miniature all-thread bolts.  The first version was made with 1mm brass all-thread interstitials, and the more recent was made with 2mm INOX.  Each required custom tools and miniature wrenches.


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I admit, there were times when it was frustrating, but a magnifying visor was a life saver.

I’ve sold the artist-proof to a married couple for their anniversary, and the edition is now open to 5 versions of different scale, depending on conversations with the collector.  The first of the edition, pictured below with the more rusted base, the most recent  I’ve made, is in the gallery and is available for inquires.

Division, Artist Proof, 2018-2022, 40cm tall, Stainless Steel, Brass, and metal.


Division, 1st in a variable Edition, 2022, Stainless Steel and Mild Steel, John K Melvin

what next?

I will be making a 120 cm version for our garden here in Pont Aven, that I hope will draw some interest for another commission or even a larger version, 3m or even 10m?  Having completed the sculpture twice now, refining as I go, I feel very confident about the engineering as we scale up.

Division, Digital Render, 10m scale, 2018, John K Melvin

I’ve kept a version a the collective gallery A4 Atelier+Galerie in Pont Aven.   We are open to the public most days, and if not, I am not too far away, that I can’t pop in to open it up, or make an appointment for a viewing.  Its been quite nice having a space to show my work, and being able to show it along side the other artists in the collective, Melissa, Abi, and Anne, along with our neighboring galleries in Pont Aven, is also quite nice.  A bit of community to say the least.

I look forward to how the Division series progresses, and I’ll update this post as we move along.  Thanks so much for all the support.  I’ve uploaded a bunch of pictures below of the new Division, enjoy them, and thanks again.

Division, John K Melvin, 42cm tall, 2022


Division, Inox, 42 cm, John K. Melvin, 2022


Division, Inox, 42 cm, John K. Melvin, 2022


Division, Inox, 42 cm, John K. Melvin, 2022


Division, Inox, 42 cm, John K. Melvin, 2022


Division, Inox, 42 cm, John K. Melvin, 2022


Division, Inox, 42 cm, John K. Melvin, 2022

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