Lodestar

by Randy Polumbo

Lodestar is an exuberant floral composition made from a Lockheed Martin Lodestar jet that artist Randy Polumbo scavenged from the Internet. “What frankly was a weapon, today is a provocative canvas upon which viewers can explore their curiosity,” he says. “I am excited about ideas like pollination and propagation and, of course, transformation.” Lodestar aims to inspire, challenge, and perhaps stimulate or activate with its monumental scale, symbolic payload and visual journey of spying from afar and approaching this explosively beautiful and engaging blossom.

The sculpture sits on 10,000-pound legs and a weighted nose that makes a 35-foot triangle. Its tail soars almost 50 feet high, topped with a “saucer,” or pod, conjuring everything from UFOs to roll bars on a hot rod—connecting the extraterrestrial to the extreme terrestrial. The top functions as an observation tower, with a galaxy of revolving planets covered with crystals and hand-silvered mirror, and languorous petals unfolding from the tail. Blooming on the saucer are hand-blown glass flowers that softly illuminate the sculpture at night.

Lodestar

Artist, designer, and master builder Randy Polumbo creates larger-than-life sculptures from found, recycled and repurposed objects, as well as glass and polished metal. He is interested in metamorphosis, propagation, pollination and retooling of systems. A Cooper Union School of Art graduate, Polumbo works as a high-end contractor in New York and an off-the-grid artist in Joshua Tree. His work often manifests in different forms from intimate to monumental, almost always festooned with hand-blown glass and crystal elements on a ground of hand-forged metals and polished aluminum, all animated with computer-controlled LEDs and light compositions.

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