Frency's Desert Cattails a Lava and Metal Sculpture Rene Sepulveda Valley of the Fire Collection
Frency's Desert Cattails a Lava and Metal Sculpture Rene Sepulveda Valley of the Fire Collection

Frency's Desert Cattails a Lava and Metal Sculpture Rene Sepulveda Valley of the Fire Collection

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This unique piece was inspired after a 10 mile hike up the old Oliver Lee State Park and into the mountains at about 9,000 feet we stumbled across a stream and a region that was damp compared to the barrens of the rest of the hike. Within the stream was cattails and it was a reminder of the peace and calm and cool after 8 miles of hiking. Thus this piece upon return from our hike came to life.

The symbolism of a Cattail is peace and prosperity. In earlier time with a gift of the cattail, you will find that it is a flower that you would give to create peace between friends or lovers that may be fighting. This is a flower that you will hand someone to symbolize peace and let them know that you are thinking about them and that you also wish them prosperity.

Artist Rene Sepulveda crafted this unique metal and 5000 year old lava rock from the Valley of the Fires as a one of a kind offering of peace and prosperity.

Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak located in Southern New Mexico erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. From a distance, the region appears as barren rock but when you visit the nature trails there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees, and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert. Animals include a variety of desert ants, bugs, bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, lizards, great horned owls, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens, sparrows, and golden eagles and more.

This collection of works crafted by Artist Rene Sepulveda is inspired by his Tarahumara tribal roots as a tribute to the wildlife, flowers, cactus, and beauty of the region, crafted from recycled lava, woods and metals found from the Tularosa Basin and Sacramento Basin. The molten lava rock is repurposed rock pulled from abandoned homes and abandoned locations; repurposed into a “second life” as an “artistic sculpture” to bring joy and value to the owner of each unique piece.

Artist Rene Sepulveda was introduced to the beauty of natural lava mixed with metal and wooden elements, during his childhood visits to the home of Mr. and Ms. Pack, of Alamogordo, whose exclusive estate was custom built and designed to showcase these unique local elements. Years later Rene Sepulveda has designed this collection in memory of their inspiration.

Each is distinctly different as no two pieces of lava rock are the same. Each is cleaned, treated, sealed, and enhanced to preserve it and the artistic creation for generations of enjoyment. Each comes with an ability to join the artist registry where the details by the artist of each piece of art is maintained with an identifier of its origin from