James Douglas Cox
7′ x 31″ x 56″
“The Amazing Blabadors, Maggie & Rufus.” I wanted to do a tribute to two of my labradors, Maggie, a tan lab, and Rufus, a chocolate lab. At first I was going to have them setting side by side. I lived with the model for a couple of weeks and thought it would be interesting to see them stacked somehow. I finally decided on Maggie doing a hand stand off Rufus’s front legs. Maggie and Rufus had this way of mumbling to each other, not a bark and not a growl, but more of a babbling sound. So my wife, Tammy, started calling them the Blabadors. I hope you enjoy the sculpture as much as I did building it!
The sculptures I make have to be aesthetically pleasing to me because I can spend anywhere from 200-300 hours on each of them. I work for the Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, MO. I go in to work 2 or 3 hours early to work on my sculptures so the piece has to keep my interest for 2 to 3 months. When I make a model of a potential sculpture I place it in my office then I will change things and add to it until I think it’s ready to build. I still change things even during the building process. Over the years I have learned from each and every sculpture I have made sure that there is always room for improvement. The message or meanings of my artwork I leave to the viewers on there own terms.
Visit Doug Cox’s website to see his other works: www.jdcoxrocksmetalart.com