25, 2004... Artist's Proof Castings Now Available!
The finished proofs are covered with a metallic copper sculpting finish from SculptNouveau.com:
These stone proofs are real sculptures intended for display and might never be followed by a run of bronze castings. Only time will tell.
The piece is 25" front-to-back, 16" wide, and 14" tall, with a base the shape of home plate tilted down in front, to view nicely even on a high shelf. Being proofs, they don't have the full detail level anticipated in the final artwork but they're pretty impressive.
The pose is modeled from a June 1, 1981 cover photo in the Philadelphia Journal newspaper, shown above. The artwork is hoped to someday be made into a larger-than-lifesize (called "heroic scale") bronze casting in either Philadelphia or Cincinnati. Imagine someday seeing that outdoor work and knowing you have the first of the proofs.
The artist's proofs are cast in a very impact-resistant gypsum product called Drystone, weigh approximately 15 pounds, and are covered with a bronze metallic sculpting finish. It is so hard that dropping a piece that is shaped like a hockey puck from 36" onto a wooden floor, doesn't crack it. Perhaps I'll make a video soon to show this.
Castings in Bronze Available Upon Request
Additional Closeup Images
low is a picture of the work in progress, the master art in clay and gypsum. The final castings are all stone and suitable for hanging on a wall.
The following figures show The Caird (in both stone and clay at the lower left) and The Endurance. The chain represents the path of the expedition.
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