By Lyra Fontaine Cannon Beach Gazette Published on May 6, 2016
Without sculpting assistants or scanning technology, Heather Soderberg-Greene is creating a bronze eagle sculpture with a 55-foot wingspan entirely by hand.
It will soon be the largest sculpture of its kind in the country, and possibly the world.
“A lot of artists around here have said I’m crazy for doing it by hand,” she said. “Now, doing it all old school and by hand is being a rebel.”
Heather spent two years working for a company that other artists hire to create their “sculpture”, Heather would perfect the statues after the robot CNC machine carved them out of hard materials including industrial clays. Scanners pick up even the tiniest details in hair, clothing, skin. It is very easy nowadays for a person to create perfect statues without having ever even touched it in the whole process.
Heather is passionate in her love of sculpting and her hands-on approach and not employing either companies or other people to sculpt her work.
A video showing the beginning stages of Heather’s eagle monument. She is sculpting him from the ground up, by hand, without using any computer/scanning and CNC milling technology or assistants. She didn’t even start with a model or maquette, she went straight to monumental.
Sculptor Heather Soderberg-Greene forges a love of the Gorge as she transforms as an artist
A sculpture is static. Heather Soderberg-Greene is not.
She’s on the “Lookout” for change after 20 years in making art from metal.
Four years ago, this sculptor came to the Gorge and quickly, and literally, made her mark in the community.
Open Studio with Heather Soderberg on KBOO
Dmae dropped by the studio of Heather Soderberg in Cascade Locks, OR. Soderberg is known for her life-size sculptures. Her most well-known work is that of Sacagawea, the famed Native American heroine and guide to Lewis and Clark. (more…)
Cascade Locks statues will honor Corps of Discovery stop
“When Lewis and Clark passed through the Gorge on their return trip to Missouri, in April of 1806, the travelers found an area rich in wildlife, natural beauty and Native American trading partners. (more…)
On Mar 23, 2011 The Port of Cascade Locks staff was invited to watch the pouring of Sacagawea’s head. This was part of the two bronze statues that will grace the Marine Park on April 13th, 2011. (more…)