PUBLIC ART! After some 20 months of design, planning, and a lenghty city approval process, "The Tower of the Four Winds" was installed in a new park at the Metro Verde development in Las Cruces. Made of powder-coated steel, stainless steel and bronze, the 15-foot tall sculpture features a funcitoning weather vane, with the four cardinal directions held aloft by stainless steel golf irons, topped by a bronze red hawk (the piece sits at the corner of Engler and Red Hawk roads, near the Red Hawk golf course).
Tower of the Fore Winds
Artist and Arrow
MURAL! My friends Joni and Lowell asked to refresh the American flag mural on the doors of their huge adobe barn in Mesilla. While I was working, Jason Smith stopped by and took some cool pictures. This mural is purposely painted in water-based tempera paint, and naturally fades, weathers, and washes away over the course of the year.
Bob and his American Flag Mural
Bob Diven Editorial Cartoon
NATIONAL AWARD! My editorial cartoons were awarded a Third Place Award by The National Federation of Press Women in June, after winning a First Place Award in the New Mexico Press Women's state competition earlier this year. I've been creating these weekly cartoons for the Sunday edition of The Las Cruces Sun News for over ten and a half years now!
My designs were selected for two features of the new Downtown Plaza under construction in Las Cruces! I'll be creating art for the "Splashpad" and surrounding benches.
The AdobeHenge Project
The ADOBEHENGE project now has a Facebook page! "Like" it to get updates on this project that will create a monumental public art destination surrounded by over 160 acres of open space, trails, and interpretive features next to The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico!Visit the AdobeHenge page HERE!
A photo/model illustration of AdobeHenge!
I was asked to create a temporary mural on the corrugated tin door of this massive old adobe barn in Mesilla, New Mexico. It was painted in tempera so that it will age nicely over the next year!
"Billy the Kid" limited edition life-size bronze
After years of work, my life-size sculpture of Billy the Kid is finally ready to go to the bronze foundry! Based on the famous image of Billy taken at Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, the sculpture is 72.5" tall, 27.5" wide and 16" deep. These photos show the original sculpture in clay. I'm now taking orders for this planned edition of only 13 bronzes, cast at Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque, NM. Contact me through this website for more information.
The artist next to his sculpture.
Three views of my life-size clay sculpture of Billy the Kid.
Detail of Billy's gunbelt
View of Billy's face from below.
Detail of Billy's Colt revolver
I want to thank ArtForms of Las Cruces for naming me their first "Artist of the Year", and giving me their "Art and Community" award on February 1st as part of their annual city-wide "For the Love of Arts Month".
The trophy from ArtForms
"MAIN STREET, PLEISTOCENE" A new mural for The Southwest Environmental Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The four by eight foot mural depicts a sunny, Main Street morning full of people enjoying breakfast and a stroll, that gives way to a Pleistocene landscape populated with some of the megafauna of the Southwest that have gone extinct since humans arrived in the area. The work is in acrylic on board, and was commissioned for the center's 20th anniversary event. It can be viewed in the lobby of the center on Main Street in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
THE TOMBAUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPACE MURALS
Thanks to the efforts of the school's parent/teacher organization, I was able to recently complete these murals that cover the upper walls of the (Clyde) Tombaugh Elementary School cafeteria (located in Las Cruces, New Mexico). The murals cover over 1600 square feet of area, and depict our cosmic "neighborhood" (the Earth, Moon, Mars, Sun and the Hubble Telescope) as well as more distant reaches of space. (See the PHOTOS and VIDEO below).
Mars. Detail from the west wall of the Tombaugh Murals.
Detail of the Hubble Space Telescope portion of the Tombaugh Murals.
A view of the north wall of the Tombaugh Murals.
"WALL STREET" In August I created 240-feet of "street art" for an installation at The Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. See the two video of the creation of "Wall Street" below.
I painted these two 20-foot long guitars (below) in high-quality latex-acrylic copolymer paint on the "portico" of Hubbards Music on Wyatt Drive in Las Cruces, New Mexico in May, 2012. Designed to make the business stand out in it's semi-hidden location between two main streets, you can now see one or the other of the guitars when driving by!
East-facing guitar mural by Bob Diven
West-facing guitar mural by Bob Diven
One of my Sunday editorial cartoons (at right) for The Las Cruces Sun News was awarded "First Place" by the New Mexico Press Association!
The NMPA award-winning cartoon.
Sculptural installation for Community Action Agency. Formed plexiglass.
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