Praying Mantis is inspired by a series of 3D wooden puzzles. I thought it would be interesting to enlarge them and build them in stainless steel. These were some of my first larger scaled sculptures. I did about 6 sculptures in this series. I feel that this early series was essential in my development, to find my own voice. This piece was finished in 1996.
Praying Mantis was a part of Sculpture Walk Springfield’s second collection. It was placed at Mother’s Brewing Co. in Springfield, MO from April 2017 to March 2018.