“By Turning This Handle You Will Become Like A Child Again” is part of the “Carnival of Prayer” series by JP. A crank-handle installed at the front of the sculpture, when turned, brings the piece to life. Often James is reminded to think back to the time when he was 10 years old, when his imagination was free to run wild as he explored the downtown streets of Toronto and observed all that was going on around him. Life was full of color, movement, brightness and energy, all recaptured in this exquisite moving Carnival of Prayer.
These unique wire pieces are full of imagination, wonder, and delight. Each one is individually hand-crafted with steel wire. The color is added through a novel technique of applying gloss gel medium to a taped-in area, allowing it to dry until it becomes a clear surface on which to paint, then painting the color on the reverse side of the sculpture. Resin is added to the front of the colored areas.
The Carnival of Prayer pieces are in private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S., Germany, Australia and Taiwan.