Thursday, January 27, 2011

Q.J. Stephenson, maker of shell creatures


Q.J. Stephenson was a trapper, fossil collector and, later, an artist from Garysburg, N.C.  He created the Occoneechee Trapper's Lodge or Earth Museum, a building embedded with all sorts of stuff he collected. Stephenson also made sculptures that mix nature and fantasy. This creature looks like a horned toad but I don't think horned toads live anywhere near Garysburg. More likely, it's a fantasy creature loosely modeled after a dinosaur. This heavy, concrete plaque is embedded with shells and stones, and further decorated with colorful leaf imprints. Stephenson died in 1997.

3 comments:

  1. Very interesting and unique use of shells. You mentioned that it is made of heavy concrete, but can you tell us more about actual size of this piece?

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  2. Hi, mytwocentsworth. It's 30 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

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  3. Thanks! That is one hefty little piece of artwork and really quite unique.

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