||BARNEY WEST in DISTRESS! or How to bring an old salt back to life!
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
|Posted: 2012-10-12 5:13 pm  Permalink|
That is priceless...thanks for the updates. CONGRATULATIONS...one important beautiful artifact saved.
Joined: Jun 08, 2003
From: Lancaster, SC
|Posted: 2012-10-12 7:33 pm  Permalink|
WOW! That is amazing. Such a great thing to see.
Can't wait to see him set up in his corner shrine.
Joined: Mar 25, 2005
From: Boogie Wonderland
|Posted: 2012-10-12 7:52 pm  Permalink|
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2012-10-13 12:35 am  Permalink|
MOST excellent, indeed! I just could not imagine in what way this Moai would be "polychromed" in a tasteful and fitting manner - among all Tikis, a Moai strikes me as needing to be MONOchrome - but Leroy did it! He again has proven himself as the only living veteran of mid-century Tiki who still has the "secret knowledge" of how to do it like they used to. Palmer looks ancient, with a patina that could be from the 50s or the 1500s.
The old O.A. way of polychroming was the fine art of applying color to the carved artifacts in such a manner that they looked aged. The colors chosen were earthy and washed-out looking, with dirt rubbed into it, not bright and primary. Leroy has used color more liberally in his own art, in a folk art manner, like Mexican or other island tourist art, but for Polynesian pop in the mid-century style, the only way to go is the muted, aged look of primitive art.
Joined: Nov 30, 2003
From: Kansas City, MO
|Posted: 2012-10-13 1:57 pm  Permalink|
Awesome finished result! The info plaque is a very important touch. You are now in posession of something that has been lovingly created and re-created by 2 of the legends. Not too many others can say that! CONGRATS and show more pics when he's home. 8FT
I once was lost.....but now I'm found.....
Joined: Nov 16, 2007
From: Santa Barbara, CA
|Posted: 2012-11-02 12:52 pm  Permalink|
What a great story, congratulations on an amazing recovery. Here is the postcard that shows the Barney West in its original form at the Palmer House.
Joined: Oct 03, 2012
From: Capo Beach CA
|Posted: 2012-11-02 6:55 pm  Permalink|
Wow, new to this forum and I was at OA 6 weeks or so ago and remember seeing this in the workshop and wondering what it was. I am so stoked to see what Leroy was able to do with it. When I saw it.....it was ROUGH. I mean rough. Absolutely amazing. Cool factor is off the scale.
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Joined: Sep 13, 2008
|Posted: 2012-11-02 8:56 pm  Permalink|
Pretty sure the famous postcard tiki is a different one from the one that was resurrected. Look at the facial details.
That one may be lost to the ages, but glad this one will be standing strong for years to come! Congrats.
Joined: Sep 12, 2003
From: los angeles
|Posted: 2012-11-04 11:34 am  Permalink|
yeah. i immediately went to that old postcard when he came in hoping he'd be somewhere in the background. apparently, there were a few Barney pieces at the Chicago location including masks and whatnot.
now, i have to find one with the top-knot!
i've been super busy and not able to get to his display. it took three people to get him upright!
here's a spooky teaser in the meantime...
Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: May 14, 2002
|Posted: 2012-12-18 06:01 am  Permalink|
dear Santa claus can I have for Christmas an update on palmer?