February 06, 2011 05:40:04 PM

Gary Cassidy


My family and I regularly listen to Studio 360 and today I heard about sending photos of something we had created to NPR's studio 360 with a chance to win a copy of Spark when it comes out.

My Background:

Retired Army Special Forces Colonel and former Army Artist 1968 - 1999.
Education - Doctor of Arts George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia 2002, Master of Fine Arts Claremont Graduate School, Claremont California 1984, Bachelor of Fine Arts Washington University, St. Louis Missouri 1982.

The attached photos, taken by my son Brendan are of something that he and I built in our front yard here in Prescott Arizona. I call it a Linear Sculpture because it is neither a wall nor a fence. It is made of granite and quartz boulders/stone that were moved from around our yard and cemented into place. The wood was mostly a gift from a Retired Army friend's friend who owns a small sawmill in northwestern Arkansas. He's been cutting hardwoods for over thirty years and gave me most of the lumber because it was not furniture grade, it was taking up space in his lumberyard and he said that he knew that I would make something interesting out of it. The lumber used in this Linear Sculpture consists of, Walnut, four different kinds of Oak including one from our own backyard that had died, Elm, Cherry, Maple, and Osage Orange. The wood is covered with several coats of Spar Urethane. The steel was acquired from local scrap sources. The Linear Sculpture is seven feet high, a little over forty feet long and sets not in the ground, but on the ground like the Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in 1957. I refer to this particular kind of art as art for art's sake.

Folks seem to like my Linear Sculpture as I've talked to several passersby who have asked questions about it, favorably commented on it, and have brought their friends by to see it. Having built the Linear Sculpture has led to my meeting a lot of local citizens and being appointed to the Board of Directors of Yavapai College's Outdoor Sculpture Garden on which I have served for the past year.


Gary Cassidy
Colonel, USA (Retired)


Comments [10]

Doc Brown from Houston, Tx

Are you the navigator? Bravo 1/14

Dec. 25 2012 11:30 AM
Heidi C. from Hillsboro MO

I can't believe I found you!
Please contact me at hc.me@gmx.com
It would be wonderful to hear from you!!!

It's been a long time!
It's great you are still being creative!

Feb. 17 2012 01:21 PM
J.Jill Fairchilde from Prescott

Tonight, while walking the streets of my Prescott neighborhood, out of the darkness came a voice.
"Hello," he said. I replied, "Hello," and I could have continued walking, but I was curious about this voice from a man sitting in the pitch black staring across the street at what, I had no idea.

It turned out to be a new section of the great art that he's been creating for awhile now. I'd seen pieces of it before as I walked the area, and thought it to be quite wonderful. Not a fence, but appeared to me as Sculpture and beautifully done.

A very interesting conversation followed and I'm grateful for his service to this country and for his wonderful gift at creating something glorious that could have simply been mundane.

Thank you Gary!

Aug. 22 2011 01:46 AM
Uncle Ted from Salisbury UK

I am proud of you, nephew and great nephew!

The Great Wall (sorry I mean Linear Sculpture) of Preskit looks AWESOME.

I am sure this is what the buiders of Stonehenge intended but the Romans or Normans probably stole the infill between the stones.

Feb. 23 2011 06:43 AM

It's great and got our vote!

Clare & Jim

Feb. 20 2011 02:17 PM
Jill from Patagonia, AZ

Looks stunning in person, too!

Feb. 17 2011 11:38 AM
Ellen Beck from Montana

I love it! Great way to keep the nature in the yard!

Feb. 17 2011 11:04 AM
George from VA

I like it!

Feb. 15 2011 08:49 PM
donna mcbrearety from kansas

Looks good, glad Dad (RNB) sent me the link.

Feb. 15 2011 07:51 PM

Nice work Gary, and Brendon!

Feb. 15 2011 04:47 PM

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