A passion for nature has inspired Paul Baliker to create a body of work that is environmental in pith.
He endeavors to capture a moment in wood or bronze and to express potential for a symbiotic relationship with nature.
Paul has been sculpting exclusively for 35 years. His sculptures can be seen in numerous public and corporate collections.
Two sculptures of note, that can be viewed in the Grand Rapids area are, “Lion Around” located at the Meyers Sculpture Garden and “Fish Story”, located at the Lesslie E. Tassell Park on the Thornapple River, Cascade Michigan.
“We need to pay attention to our world,” he says. “The most important thing that man should do right now is save the environment.
I can bring out art that makes people think about these issues.”
Most of Baliker’s time is used doing commission work, but every six months or so he takes a break to create a piece for himself, where he gets to stretch his own creativity and create unique environmental sculptures.
The self taught artist uses mostly cedar wood or old root systems to carve, or bronze, which he sometimes fuses with wood.
In 2010, Baliker spent six months working on a wood sculpture called “A Matter of Time” for the ArtPrize, an open competition giving away the world’s largest art prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The piece “focuses on man’s powerful position in nature,” he said. This art statement is now on display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! in Mexico City.