“Still I wondered if there was a more distilled way of presenting flowing beauty. I had subtracted so much from traditional sculpture forms that all I had left was surface and edge. Hmmm--surface and edge.
“Could I make my artist’s statement using only edge? What a crazy idea.”
Crazy indeed! His newest body of work is aptly named Flourishes—sweeping edges high in the sky weaving together into a joyful dance.
Mr. Linke says, “A flourish is a finishing mark in calligraphy where the calligrapher takes off with her pen across the paper to create a swirling delight surrounding the hand-made message. I chose to name my latest collection Flourishes to honor this hand-made beauty and to announce these pieces are Calligraphy-in-the-Sky.
“These edge-only sculptures avoid the bulk and volume of traditional sculpture enabling me to create delicate lightness in grand scale so as to elate, not dominate, the backdrop. From any angle, you recognize the satisfying form for these monuments to jubilation.
“White, the color of purity and honesty, permits the sculpture's glee to reflect and be reflected in the setting. I allow Steel, the strong, boxy workhorse of materials, to fly in curls of joy as a lasting monument to beautiful life. Together they form a unique tribute. A tribute to the beautiful world I get to pass through.