What are you...? with Randy Vaughn, sculptor
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Thursday, October 25, 2012
10/25/12 at 3:34 AM
Randy Vaughn laughs when he calls himself a boring man, but his work shows otherwise.
When he's not working on planes, he's building fences and other landscape features in some of the area's most exclusive neighborhoods. When's he's not building fences, he's sculpting, and throughout, he's smoothing his hands across sheet metal. It's his medium of choice.
Vaughn can't wait to start some new projects like the ones he's already done. He's dedicated a sculpture to Wayman Tisdale and made an ornate cake stand for his niece's wedding that featured a string of pearls. He created an installation of human-sized piano keys at the Sankofa Middle Creative and Performing Arts Charter School that seem to grow straight out of the wall. And, as recently as this summer, he created an impressive sculpture dedicated to the Oklahoma City Thunder that made TV news when Vaughn completed it.
"I want to create a new wave of sculpture," Vaughn says of an art form he compares to automotive body work. Unlike with bronze, you can add color, which Vaughn says gives his works a more realistic look.
Vaughn spoke with us about what he wants to see more of in Tulsa, the importance of art in city spaces and what he often finds himself listening to.
… hoping to see in Tulsa in the
next five years?
They need more art in downtown
Tulsa. Because it brings
more life to an area. It needs
to be more to give it more of a
settled feeling so when you go
into the area you think, man
this is beautiful — it’s enhancing
… listening to?
Not much radio. Different
sermons — T.D. Jakes. A lot of
your religious music.
… inspired by?
Anything unique — I love
metal. There are too many
ways you can take a cold
piece of steel and bring such
life to it.
… living by?
I try to do right. I try to treat
… doing as a favorite pastime,
outside of working with sheet
Traveling — I enjoy just being
able to drive down the highway.
Just get in the car and go.
It’s quiet time to me, when I’m
driving down the highway.
… doing as far as restaurants in
Texas Roadhouse. Sometimes
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.
… hoping to see more of in Tulsa?
I would like to see a lot more
development in the river area.
Tulsa is the only area around
— they’ve got one of the best
rivers and they don’t utilize
it, and if they would utilize it,
that would make Tulsa just so
Bravetta Hassell 918-581-8316
Randy Vaughn, a metal artist, poses with his sculpture and mural at the Sankofa School. STEPHEN PINGRY / Tulsa World