He estimates the 200-pound Cthulhu, cast from a polyester fiberglass resin and assembled using epoxy, took nearly a year to create. “Tomak built the mold in his tiny kitchen,” recalls Kevin. “The way he kept slapping on plaster over the chicken wire reminded me of the mashed potatoes scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He called me and Jen at midnight to let us know that the mold was finished and invited us to help him break it up, since it was too big to get out of the kitchen.” Kevin struck the first sledgehammer blow, and the three completed the destruction in Baksik’s backyard.
Baksik took the finished Cthulhu to appearances at the sci-fi convention DragonCon in Atlanta, and then to Starwood, the nation’s largest pagan festival, before installing it at the Nickersons’. He later created a second Cthulhu that was unveiled at the World Steam Expo, a convention of Steampunk aficionados.
Baksik came back to the Nickersons when he wanted to make a monumental classical fountain. “Jen and I decided to do it on a whim. We do silly things,” says Kevin about their decision to fund the Fountain of Minerva. Baksik says the fountain’s design, construction, and assembly required two trips to Rome and more than 10,000 hours of hands-on work by a team of volunteers, including himself, Kevin, and Jennifer, over a two-year span.