Rough Hewn Herky

Rough Hewn Herky has a very unique shape compared to the others, given that it is meant to portray the in-progress sculpting of the statue. The bottom is a solid block of stone, with only the top half “carved out.” Two tools lay on the block. This Herky doesn’t have any drawn teeth or eyes, which makes sense, as a sculptor wouldn’t paint his piece before it was fully sculpted.

Tom Newport has a jewelry and sculpture shop of his own, and often shows his art at several galleries, so it makes sense that he would create this Herky to reflect a process of his own art that many people wouldn’t think about: The half-finished piece.

Ethos: I think the form of this Herky gives it a lot of ethos because it is so unique from the others on the list, which gives it character. The block added at the bottom (ironically) breaks the mould from the tradition of painting over the Herky to communicate an idea, instead using the form of the Herky itself. I think the marble block’s association with great Greek works of art also contribute to the Herky’s ethos. I think this is effective because it is honest. It shows what the art is before the final product. It’s placement in a private residence also lends itself to a “secret Herky” feeling that I got when I saw it.

Kairos: The fact this Herky was a part of a larger art project with many different Herkies gives it a more pronounced meaning than if it was released by itself. Because it is associated with all the other Herkies on Parade, you can compare it, rather than taking it at just face value.

I think this Herky is communicating the idea that art is a progression, not just a final product. Unlike the other Herkies, this one is still being built, and artists may never consider this more intimate part of the job is just as valuable as the work they eventually show the world. Non-artists may look at the Herky as a way of understanding that great art doesn’t just materialize to be consumed, it takes hard work and skill to organize the pieces in the right way. Ultimately, it is a message to all that says “Good work takes time. Be patient, don’t give up, and you will make something great.”


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