Progress of two larger sculpture groups recently commissioned; “King and Queen” and “Two Forms”. The first series of photos are of King and Queen which has been commissioned at 6 feet in bronze for a client in San Francisco. The client’s goal was to have two sculptures that were related in form and placed across from each other like sentinels. We finally decided on King and Queen as the best piece for this setting. 3D scans were used to make the full size foam enlargements that will be used for mold making. Minor changes were made to King in the 3D scan stage – as at times when a small sculpture is enlarged adjustments may be necessary from a visual standpoint. The next photos show the many parts freshly cast then carefully welded together to create the final forms as shown. Many hours of finishing and polishing are necessary to get the bronze perfectly smooth and ready for the patina. Sculptures shown with final white patina and ready for bases and then installed. The pieces can and will be rotated on occasion to allow for different views.
“Dancer” Shown next has been enlarged from the original 5 inch wood carving to 16 inches in Bronze. Both fire and water are used in the patina process and remind me of the primal elements of earth air fire and water that all make up the casting process. Final Patina with wax prior to shipment for client.
The next series of pictures is “Two Forms” which been commissioned for an outdoor setting with a water element by MARPA Landscape Architects in Bolder Colorado. http://www.marpa.com/
The small original was rendered for presentation over water as pictured and the final size of 6 feet and Bronze as the material was selected. The robotic arm is shown using the 3D scans to replicate the forms in foam and full size foam enlargements with some of my notes for adjustments prior to mold making. Next photos are of the cast sections being refined prior to welding. Welded forms shown next and almost ready for final finish. The patina chosen is a rich gold with highlights to contrast with a dark slate wall being constructed as a backdrop to the sculpture.
My goal is for each owner of my sculpture to feel the same thrill as when I created it. To achieve this requires that the utmost attention be given to every aspect of the process; Enlargement, patina, choice and size of the base and finally, flawless-on time installation. Because all my artistic talent or musings won’t matter if the sculpture wobbles on the base or the patina of the bronze isn’t just right. Having said that here is a bit of my musing…
I find that sculpture is still and calm, yet filled with possibilities that occur and resonate within the eye of the beholder. The inspiration for my work touches on the art of many periods as well as the constant influence provided by nature and our relationship to it. There is a thread that runs through our collective past, and to tap into or add to it, enables a work of art to take on a timeless quality. This element makes a prehistoric cave painting or sculpture feel as vibrant as if it were created yesterday.