Born in California, Tedrick received a BFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before attending SFAI, he worked as a carpenter for architects and contractors. A job at the Kaiser Shipyard provided experience in welding and handling big weights. Tedrick is a master of balance and kinetic sculptures. Many of his themes involve nature and animals. He has been a regular participant at Burning Man where he relishes in being able to work in a very large scale. Besides sculptures, Tedrick’s portfolio includes public art commissions, gates, portals screens and railings. His works can be seen regionally in Kenwood, Healdsburg, and Santa Rosa. He lives and works in Glen Ellen, CA.
Al Voigt wore a Panama hat. A man’s hat symbolizes his character and attitude and I felt it would make a fitting sculpture to capture his spirit. That which is placed on the head easily becomes that which emanates from one's mind. The hat then is a tidy metaphor for thought and spirit. Al was a pioneer and freethinker, an innovator who explored the unlimited realm of imagination and form. As this sculpture turns, elegant patterns of light and shade delight the eyes and remind us of the radiance of life and the source to which Al has returned.
The theme at Burning Man in 2005 was Hope and Fear and this grinning monster seemed a good fit. Basically, it started with the found redwood piece that forms the left eye and the rest of the body grew to fit that eye. Surprised at the bizarre serpent-like head that followed, it made me question if I was really okay inside or maybe a little bent. As a joke, I decided to tweak the title Serpent into Sirbent. This is the first sculpture I ever brought to Black Rock City.