Travis Pond has been intrigued by the mysteries of wildlife as a both an artist and avid outdoorsman over the last twenty years. For his sculpture, he hunts and gathers the remnants from the industrial age of steel, creating works that are both physically impressive and imposing. According to Pond, “Half of what I do is collecting materials. I look for objects with significance and meaning, objects that have connections to us as individuals and as a whole.”

Pond's sculptures begin as discarded metal scraps that by his hand and the viewer's imagination are transformed. Abandoned materials are gathered as individual objects reworked, welded and formed until eventually several pieces have transformed into a sum greater than its parts. Pond focuses on northwest animal forms that symbolize a spiritual transformation. These sculptures are sufficiently literal in appearance and yet abundantly abstract in their meaning and presence.

Although his sculptures appear to embody a seemingly random assortment of metal scrap, each component is carefully selected to capture not only the characteristics of the subject matter, but the nature of its interactions with human forces as well. If you look closely at his Black Tail Stag Deer II, you can see bullets embedded into the body of the sculpture itself. Ultimately, the nature of Pond's work limits his ability to totally manipulate the medium: “Although I control the welds, the individual objects refuse to be forced into form. The sculpture decides for itself what it will look like and when it is complete.”

See Tavis Pond in action here.

Contemporary art interpretation by sculptor Travis Pond

The Ganesha Chartuthi celebration starts September 17, 2015 for 10 days, worldwide.

According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati created a little boy by using her sandalwood paste in Lord Shiva's absence. She asked him to guard the entrance while she was bathing. As he didn't know who Shiva is, the child got into a tiff with him when Shiva tried to enter. An angry Shiva severed the head of the boy, enraging Parvati.

Witnessing her pain and anger, Shiva promised to bring back the boy. He asked Brahma and his followers to bring back the head of the first creature they see with its head facing North. They brought back the head of a mighty elephant, which Shiva placed on the boy's body and brought him back to life. He was then named as Ganesh. That's how Gajanana was born.

5 (h) x 3 (w) x 3 (d) feet, Inquire

Contemporary art interpretation by sculptor Travis Pond

The Chimera, in mythology, is a Greek monster with the body and head of a lion with a snake for a tail and a fire-breathing goat head coming from its back.  Different versions of Chimera mythology have slightly different descriptions, such as wings on the back or the back legs of a snake, but most follow the description above.

No matter how you describe it, the Chimera is the daughter of Greek monster gods Typhon and Echidna, which means its siblings include other famous Greek monsters such as The Sphinx, Cerberus, and Ladon.

Beyond mythology, the term "chimera" is used in scientific research to explain an animal that contains more than one set of genetic codings.  This is a clear nod to the Greek monster, in that the monster itself is a combination of three different 'normal' animals.

19(h) x 32(w) x 22(d) inches