The Sandpiper, a 1965 MGM film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, gave Kara the opportunity to create a redwood sculpture in the likeness of Ms. Taylor. The story, directed by Vincente Minnelli and written and produced by Martin Ransohoff, reflects the romance of the rugged Big Sur coast.
The series of black and white photos by accomplished photographer Walter Chappell shows the work in progress on location in Big Sur. Ms.Taylor never sat for Kara, but a life-cast plaster mask was provided. A dear friend of the sculptor, jazz singer Stella Brooks, with whom Kara said shared a similar body type to the actress, posed.