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Foundry

Bright and early in a very bright and later place for us, (our home is in Kentucky) we arrived at the foundry in Loveland, Colorado.  It was wonderful seeing all the people I worked with so closely on the Barbaro sculpture. They had lots of questions on the stories they’ve heard since the sculpture had left the foundry. The flood in Louisville in particular. One of the staff told me a helicopter swept over the top of the sculpture and the footage was featured on each major news channels. Another told me he had a photograph taken in the foundry showing him working on the Barbaro sculpture.  He had given to his mother on Mother’s Day. Amazing how Barbaro’s story has touched so many lives.

First the castings I had in the shop were ready to finish and patina. Five sculptures of the same subject.  A dog and cat; the dog was modeled after my Jack Russell Terrier Vivid. And the cat, well there are about 20 of them at my daughter’s farm to choose from, so it’s her kittens rolled up into one sculpture. They looked great, beautiful castings.  They know my work fairly well. I like the character in the surface and the artist’s hand showing.

The dog/cat sculptures were put in the kiln to warm them up evenly since they’re pretty thick; thick bodies, thick legs, etc.  This helps the color to be consistent. “Best Friends” (the dog and cat’s title) is slated for an auction to benefit the Lexington Humane Society. One a year for the next five I believe. There are 10 in the edition,  #6 – #10 are available at $4,500.00 each.

Next, the Barbaro project bronze. We needed a wax cast of the larger of the two Barbaro table top sculptures.  I’ll be working on it here in Versailles, so we cast the wax thicker so it will withstand my working on it. Then we’ll re-mold it when I’m finished. All of the pieces, and they’re numerous, were rolled in bubble wrap and packed in hard-sided luggage for the trip back home.

Finally, was the smallest version of the Barbaro sculptures.  This is the piece we’ll be debuting the end of October. We’re using Roman numerals on each piece cast, starting with No. I.  The foundry has people who can carve those numbers for the bronzes. I thought we’d have to have a die made for that purpose. The molds were receiving their final jacket of plaster and would be ready for casting waxes shortly. In four weeks I’ll be making my way back to Colorado to approve and patina the smallest of the Barbaro sculptures.

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Applying Hot Wax