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News Editor Kim Shippey talks with a sculptor and with a composer and lyricist

"We are all sculptors . . . "

From the September 1999 issue of The Christian Science Journal


There is no escaping the fact that sculptor is a northwesterner at heart. He loves the forests, the mountains, the seascapes, and even the rain. He studied art and communications at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, and earns his living as a sculptor. His work is featured in art collections in more than a dozen countries.

Ross began by telling us how several years ago at an exhibition he watched a man stare in amazement at one of his sculptures for about ten minutes without saying a word. This wall-mounted bronze titled "Psalm 36:6" has a blue-black patina, and is a vertical depiction of the ocean revealing a tiny silver sperm whale sounding to untold depths. The Bible reference reads, in part, "Thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast."

"I learned," said Ross, "that my sculpture had left this visitor incredulous because it reminded him so vividly of his many years spent under the ocean in United States Navy submarines. A very special part of that experience had been listening on sonar to the vocalizations of sperm whales while they were hunting in the depths, and suddenly this dramatic scene had been brought back to him.

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