Ben Dye enjoys solving problems, and in his world they’re huge. Not to worry, though, the challenges this large-scale metal sculptor faces are good ones.
When I say large-scale, I mean it. Dye’s work often ends up in public places, including the Yard, Garden & Patio Show at the Oregon Convention Center Feb. 28 through March 2. This year, he took the theme of the Showcase Gardens, Designer’s Challenge, to heart. “I perceived a problem,” says the Oregon City artist, “and found a solution. I wanted to do an insect with a twist, one that people think is bad, but isn’t. My idea morphed into a dragonfly.”
|Artist's rendering of dragonfly sculpture greeting guests at YGP|
The show, presented by Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, has been graced with Dye’s work before. Last year, he created a metal circle with a twist called a Mobius, that weighs 5,000 pounds and now resides at The Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg. Two years ago he built a hippocampus, a mythical sea horse often used in carousels and one of his favorite subjects.
|Ben Dye's Mobius from the 2013 YGP Show|
|Ben Dye's Hippocampus from the 2012 YGP Show|
Obviously not, which is lucky for those of us who attend the YGP Show. That would be all of us. Right?