Engraved Glass And Steel Sculpture Of Mark Pole Dancing Wearing Clear Raincoat
Mark Allyn Artistic Journal
Clothing, Jewelry, and Light Artist in Bellingham, Washington
Engraved Glass And Steel Sculpture Of Mark Pole Dancing Wearing Clear Raincoat
Here is myself doing my pole dancing, getting ready to perform at Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. I am wearing my first ever clear plastic raincoat that I bought from Jordan Marsh in Boston when I was a kid.

As you can see, I am not naked under that raincoat. That is something that I just don't care about. I love to have my clothing, much of it home made, to be allowed to show its beauty in the rain.

I wanted to have myself appear as I did in the 1970's. I had lots more hair then and I was about 25 pounds heavier than I am now.

As I have never pole danced in my life, I needed a point of reference. So, I decided to practice at a speed limit sign on my street late one Friday night. Here I am:

photo of pole dancer in street photo of pole dancer in street

Using these two photos together, I was able to come up with a composite for the arrangements of my legs and arms.

All other aspects of this glass engraving was done strictly from imagination and memories.

The three flowers over my head symbolize my wish that I was among the hippies and flower children of San Francisco during the 1960's and 1970's era.

There are five pieces of glass; one for the parts of my clear plastic raincoat in back of the pole; then the parts of me in back of the pole; then the pole itself; then the parts of me in front of the pole; and finally, the parts of my clear plastic raincoat in front of me and the pole.

Each piece of glass is 1/4 inch thick plate glass; about 12 by 6 inches. These are scrap glass from the Rebuilding Center in Portland. The spots you see on the image are scratches already on the glass. I went ahead and used this glass; leaving the spots in place. They symbolize glitter being thrown at me by an unseen audiance.

The pole itself consists of sandblasted glass lit with a variety of colors of LED's underneath it.

The steel frame symbolize grace and simplicity of the stage on which I am performing.