Thank you to patina artist Noris for taking this
snapshot of me with my sculpture.
4 December 2016: Here are some images of the finished bronze sculpture "Rock Towers and Frogs." These were taken at the bronze foundry I used in Pietrasanta, Italy.
The laws have changed in Italy and an American can no longer transfer her American driver's license to an Italian one. I have not yet taken the class and driver's test and thus, am limited to
public transportation. Living in the mountains means that the last bus to my home leaves the town of Pescia shortly after six p.m. All this is to explain
why I had too little time to set up a proper photo shoot. This first casting was crated and shipped directly to a private home in California shortly after these images were taken.
I dropped off the original artwork in July since I can no longer easily make my own molds. However, I returned to the foundry once they
had made the molds and the hollow wax duplicates of my original composition. They separated each part to serve their method of casting (each foundry works in a slightly different way).
I cleaned up some of the wax parts to my satisfaction and proofed the others that had been done before I arrived. Also, we consulted with the metal
department on how best to connect the smaller stones ... in wax or in metal. I chose wax, but they chose metal. I deferred to their process, trusting their professionalism.
My next visit to the foundry was during the metal chasing / clean-up work. I asked for a few changes and arranged the final composition of the stone
towers and the frogs (all cast separately). I also poured water over the bronze to see what it would look like in the rain. Primarily I needed to see where the water pooled for birds, but also for the
safety and care of the bronze. I marked for the metal workers the places where I wanted drainage holes drilled. They are small and hopefully not too noticeable. Standing water is not healthy for most things and we certainly do not want to create mosquito birthing pools!
I also ran my naked hands over the entire piece. We sanded down any part that felt "ouchy," which is a side-effect of pouring molten bronze at times. I do not want someone to get a nasty little surprise when touching
the sculpture! There are perks in not being a rose. haha.
Because this bronze garden sculpture was designed to sit down inside of a pond with a surrounding ledge, it has a taller rock base in which some part of it will be below the
horizontal wall of the pond. If I receive an image of the sculpture once in place, I will certainly share it with you here. Also, if you scroll down, you may see some of the images of the
creation of this bronze composition. Then you will see how the original in foam, wax, and clay looked in comparison to the bronze.
More images can be seen below. Please contact me at my studio if this bronze [edition] sculpture would enhance your living space, your workplace, or even your community.
Thank you so much!