In the mid-80s Patterson initiated development of a series of fabricated bronze sculptures titled ‘Unbroken Connections’. With the series Patterson embarked on an ancestral journey during which he demonstrated an ability to persuade sheet and wrought metal into enigmatic forms with a command rivaling that apparent in his past sculptures hewn from wood, stone and clay.
The catalyst for much of this series of work was centered on his concern with the traditional sculpture-pedestal relationship where the pedestal typically serves as a large monolithic volume on which sculptures are displayed. As the 'Unbroken Connections' series evolved Patterson derived graduating solutions to challenge, test and oppose this long established construct.
With Patterson’s departure from the traditional pedestal design approach, the sculpture-pedestal relationship becomes more homogenous; volume is removed from pedestal and afforded to the sculpture creating visual and spatial balance.