By now most of you are familiar with my artist friend, Bill Loyd (see previous post Farmer’s Mantra). He’s the maker of remarkable bells and wind chimes here in Truchas, New Mexico, as well as stunning metal sculpture. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: in this artful life I am privileged to live, Bill Loyd is probably the most creative person I have ever known. He is always devising something—almost always using some piece of scrap he’s found somewhere (scrap to the rest of us, artistic treasure to Bill).
Recently he got his hands on an enormous cylinder and, immediately, began to conceive of a new sign for his business. What many people don’t know is that the life of an artist isn’t just about creating art. It also entails running a business. For many artists on the High Road to Taos, that includes creating a gallery so the public can drop by to see our work. Bill has an outdoor bell “gallery” where any of you can enjoy a diverse selection of stunning bells. It’s great to see and hear them in person, but you can also order them online from his website, Gong With The Wind.
Bill decided he needed a new sign out on the highway so more of you can find him (see previous post Working Artists: A Day In the Life). I wasn’t there for the making of the sign, but I was there for its installation. Consider a couple of things: not only did he have to design and make the sign, he also had to dismantle the old sign and make the new one fit perfectly in that same spot. AND this sucker weighs a ton. Most people wouldn’t even know where to begin.
Add to that the fact that Anna, Bill and I are up against a deadline to create our primary advertising for the year. And Bill wanted to use a photo of his sign in the ad—installed. Yeah. A bit of pressure there.
But, the owners of the advertising publication cut us some slack and extended our deadline a bit—just enough for Bill to accomplish this Herculean feat. Many of you enjoyed watching the installation of another sign Bill made (see previous post Bill Loyd’s Sign For Tooley’s Trees), so I knew you wouldn’t want to miss this. Here he is folks, Bill Loyd in action.
Love to you all,