Bill Gould is an artist who likes to take his more intimate ideas about form and materials and orchestrate them on a larger scale, and likely in a public space. His ideas foment and gradually take on form. From doodle to drawing to a small maquette that then grows larger, until the obvious becomes apparent .
Forms and symbols appear and re-appear in his work as do preferences for materials. Materials that are common to the architect, are prevalent in Gould’s sculptures and commissions as well - heavy and seemingly durable materials, such as rebar, concrete, steel, stone, wire, cable. Yet all are vulnerable to the elements. Bill’s love of nature is apparent in all his work, not mimicking nature so much as honoring it. His interest in engaging community is an important ingredient in his work. He proposes ideas and projects that incorporate the input of members of that community.
There are systems involved in the “weaves” that Gould has been creating over the past several years. Patterns evolve from the push and pull of the woven cables. In the current weave, the dangling strings of citrus seem to be alive as they gently respond to movement of air in the museum rotunda. And for the first time in a weave, the delicate scent of the dried citrus slices enhances the experience, engaging yet another of our senses.