|Yggdrasil -- 1
In Nordic mythology, Yggdrasil was the
"tree that holds up the world". On the Big Sur coast
Newell created this symbol in steel and stone.
|The tree form was welded out of Kor-ten
steel by Dan
Whetstone and Gordon's son Hal
It was lowered into its permanent place
near Partington Cove by a Skycrane helicopter.
Hal Newell, in hard hat, and Whetstone,
in light- colored shirt & pants, bolt the "tree" to pre-located brackets
drilled into the stone by Vince Desmond and Larry Kraus.
||Next, the Skycrane delivered the "world"
to its space, cradled in the arms of the "tree".
The "world" was carved by Gordon Newell
from Dolomite marble quarried near his home in the desert town of
Easier said than done, the heavy stone
was hard to position properly and stressed the helicopter. There
was real fear that it would end up in pieces down by the ocean.
But hard work & persistence paid
off. Hal Newell & Whetstone & the crew finally nestled the
"world" into the niche created for it.
|Yggdrasil matches the majesty of the
Big Sur coast.
Gordon Newell, after a final moment of
communion, walks away from his finished masterpiece.
It's now in place for the ages.
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