William Pye Water Scupture

California Bronzes

In 1975 I spent a year as a visiting Professor in Sculpture at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in the middle of the San Fernando Valley in California. The department had a good foundry, so I decided to make a series of small bronzes working directly in wax at home. The six bronzes were all responses to aspects of California, in particular the desert landscape which made a deep impression on me.

These small bronzes in editions of six were shown in a solo exhibition at the Morgan Thomas Gallery in Santa Monica almost as soon as the final one was completed.

Northridge was later to become famous as the epicentre of a major earthquake which demolished many buildings including the Sculpture Department at CSUN.