R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe to focus on sculpture
Now that his band R.E.M. has parted ways, singer Michael Stipe is planning to focus on his work as a sculptor.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Stipe and his partner, photographer Thomas Dozol, are selling their home and studio in New York's SoHo neighbourhood for US$10.95 million and looking to relocate to a live-work space that can accomodate a full sculpture studio.
The loft is two levels and has a central atrium, glass doors opening out onto a 2,500-square-foot terrace overlooking the Hudson River and an industrial-style open kitchen designed by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
"I wake up in the morning thinking of sculpture, not lyrics," he told the newspaper. "Lyrics are too hard."
An art major, Stipe returned to his sculpture practice in the mid-2000s. "About six years ago, seven years ago, I woke up and thought, 'I want to make sculpture,'" Stipe said in an interview for Tumblr's Storyboard site. "I don't sit at a potter's wheel and make vases... I don't really know what to call it, so I call it sculpture."
Last September, R.E.M. decided to break-up after 31 years together. They released their 15th and final studio album Collapse Into Now in March, 2011.
(via Rolling Stone)
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