Man: If He Only had a Heart
H e Only had a heart
By Nancy Butterfield, The Daily News
Jul 26, 2002 - 10:00:00 pm PDT
NASELLE --- Naselle Man is definitely not someone a hiker wants
to meet on a quiet walk in the woods.
Visitors to the Finnish American Folk Festival this weekend in Naselle
will be able to meet Mark Scott's 8-foot, 500-pound kinetic sculpture
of Naselle Man, safely chained to a fence.
would take a really long extension cord for Naselle Man to get very
far into the woods, of course, but with a chainsaw-blade arm and
multiple moving parts, including a bicycle pump circulatory system,
a casual stroller would be able to hear him coming from far away.
36, is Pacific County's senior geographic information system analyst.
He lives in a home he built on the northern Long Beach Peninsula
and said he has had a lifelong interest in all things mechanical.
a master's degree in geography from Portland State University under
his belt since June, Scott said he often needs to get away from
mapping and computers. Cobbling together Naselle Man from bits and
pieces of discarded logging equipment fulfills that need.
logging industry leaves a past behind it," Scott said. "I
think of it as an evolution of a species. What would a community
of loggers turn up as these days with the equipment they need on
the job? I find pieces here and there, in the backs of pickups,
in tool boxes, discarded wedges, shocks from crummies, bits and
pieces of the timber industry."
begins his sculptures with no plan. "I start at the bottom
and work up," he said.
who admits he "loves to weld," used mesh from equipment
at a Naselle rock pit, plating from a log truck chain box, torsion
bars, a drive line, his grandfather's old hand drill, gears, a grille
from an ancient Ferguson tractor and many belts to create Naselle
Man. When Naselle Man's on-button is pushed, everything moves, from
the inside out, and often at odd angles.
Man can go through the woods and cut everything in his path, he
has everything he needs," Scott said.
under a hard hat and wearing glasses, Naselle Man's head is a plaster
sculpture his mother created of her husband, Paul. "The funny
part is," Scott said, "everyone says he looks like a guy
who lives in Naselle."
on his agenda is a sculpture tentatively called Astoria Man, representing
the fishing industry and outfitted with "large nasty harpoons
niche is to represent people and occupations and tie into a sense
of place. For a geographer that's important," he said. "I'm
fascinated ... how humble metal parts can be connected to do certain
things. I see it as a mosaic.
parts have been used, lived their lives, discarded and reassembled
into a new thing that will be around forever."