Ernie Brooks is one of the legends of underwater photography and has long been recognized as one of the premiere underwater photographers in the world. Brooks specializes in distinctive black and white images that are timeless in their appeal. Ernie Brooks has a photographic legacy that illustrates the dramatic changes in out oceans and remains a strong voice for exploration and preservation. This is number 6 of 12 in Viktor's, Monumental Art Works in-house sculptor, Vuam series. The Vuam series focuses on major figureheads, like Ernie Brooks, in Ocean pioneering, exploration and documentation. Check out the Ernie Brooks book silver seas to see some of…
Carl Brashear is America's first African American Navy Master Diver, the highest dive qualification that you can receive in the U.S. Navy. After loosing his leg in an underwater mission to find and recapture a lost nuclear warhead of the coast of Spain, the Navy sent his medical discharge papers. He refused to sign them and learned to use a prothetic leg during diving exercises and trained for the Master Diver certificate. After nearly two years of training, he succeeded. Carl Brashear was the first amputee U.S. Navy Master Diver in history. A film called "Men of Honor" was based…
The fourth sculpture to be featured in the Vuam series is that of Sylvia Earle. Since 1998 she has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence. Sylvia Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. The Vuam series is a collection of sculptures focusing on prominent ocean pioneers. The sculptures are currently in California and have been featured on the grounds of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Viktor the sculptor lives and works out of the South side of Chicago. If you are interested in…
Hans and Lotte Haas
The third sculpture to be featured in the Vuam series is that of Hans and Lotte Haas.Â Â Hans and Lotte Haas were a husband and wife team who created over a hundred underwater films and documentaries. Â Hans spent most of the time behind the camera and Lotte spent most of the time in front of it. Â Both were pioneers in underwater documentary film making and were great rivals with the famed Jacques Cousteau. The Vuam series is currently in California and has been featured on the grounds of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.Â Viktor the sculptor lives and works…
A few years back, Monumental Art Works' sculptor, Viktor, created a series of large busts carved from granite focused on ocean pioneers and explorers. The name of the series is called Vuam. The second sculpture to be featured in our Vuam series is Lloyd Bridges. That's right, Lloyd Bridges from great comedies such as AIRPLANE!, was also an advocate for the American Oceans Campaign, Heal the Bay and other Aquatic environmentalism. Viktor the sculptor lives and works out of the South side of Chicago. If you are more interested in learning more about Lloyd Bridges, follow this link to his wiki page:…
A few years back, Monumental Art Works' sculptor, Viktor, created a series of large busts carved from granite focused on ocean pioneers and explorers. The name of the series is named Vuam. The first sculpture to be featured in our Vuam series is Phil Nuytten. As you see in the top picture in the collage, the initial shape of Phil Nuytten can be seen in the giant granite block. Following the pictures down counter clockwise, a more defined image of the subject. And finally, the other two pictures showcase the Phil Nuytten bust in it's full glory. Viktor lives and works…
The Angelcrest Cemetery Angel
A throwback from one of Viktor's masterful works - The Angelcrest Cemetery Angel of Valparaiso, Indiana. The giant 10 foot tall block of granite on the left, over some hard worked time, was turned into the incredible work of art that is now the Angelcrest cemetery centerpiece. The likeness of Viktor's statue can also be seen in the cemetery's logo.
Hand Crafted with Care
All of Monumental Art Works' projects are Hand Crafted with Care. From Incredible 10 foot tall statues to smaller pieces like this, all of our work has the touch of real human hands, right here in the Chicago area. Expert care is taken on every single project, to make sure that the highest quality work shows through.
Granite – Tools of the Trade – Carving
In modern society, content continuously flows and things disappear as fast as they appear. In stone, it lasts forever... and we would like to show the world how it's done. This second collage shows Viktor's personal tools. These are the tools that are used, right here in the Chicago area, to carve all of the beautiful granite creations you see here on this site.
Granite – Tools of the Trade – Sandblasting
Today we are giving a quick sneak peek into the craft of granite work. Creating art out of a granite block is an involving process that takes, tools, time and a great amount of expertise. Monumental Art Works will be presenting many videos, pictures and articles about this beautiful process as an ongoing effort to educate, inform and serve the general interested public through digital means. This first collage of pictures shows the sandblasting tools of the trade.