2017 Calendar of Events
Paradice City; Marlborough, MA
Spring Crafts At Lyndhurst; Tarrytown, NY
Paradice City; Northampton, MA
Arts Festival; Cohasset, MA
Fall Crafts At Lyndhurst; Tarrytown, NY
Rockville Public Library Globes
Originally light fixtures, two globes had adorned the front
entrance to the Rockville Public Library for more than 100 years,
until the fall of 2007, when they were stolen. Bob Hurd, president of the
trustees, said the bronze spheres, replicas of
the ones that were there, were replaced with
the help of the libraryís insurance and the
efforts of local architect and sculptor Roger
Roger had a fuzzy picture of the original globes, and
had measured the green ring left on top of the pillars where they
sat. From that, he was able to calculate the dimensions. "I sculpted
the three fish (which form the "feet" of the spheres) in clay," he
said. "I made molds and had them cast. The rest was fabricated from
old bronze recycled hot water tanks, from the scrap yard, (some
30-40 years old). I cut, hammered, bent
and welded them."
It took DiTarando about two months to complete
the entire project.
Security cameras are installed, keeping constant watch over
the globes, to deter anyone from stealing them again.
Gates and Doors
Gate design and construction, along with interior/exterior doors,
are Rogerís latest inspiration and focus. Starting with a flat frame as a
base, an infinite variety of design elements can be incorporated to
create a functional yet elegant custom addition to any home or
Several gates are currently under development in the studio. One
employs a copper bamboo framework embellished with decorative
Japanese cranes. Another is a simple woven style fabricated from sheet
bronze, with a koi serving as both ornament and latch. A prototype is
initially constructed in masonite and serves as a model. Aspects of each of
these gates are illustrated on this page.
Gates come in a range of dimensions and styles, including half gates
and full gates. Matching fence panels can be created to enhance and
frame the sculpture. Ornamentation can vary according to theme and
may include such elements as flowers, birds, and animals.
Please contact Roger if you would like to
discuss the design of a gate or door for your home or business.