Work In Progress

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.

Progress of four larger sculpture groups recently commissioned; “King and Queen”  “Two Forms” and “The Conversation” and “Ascendance”. 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 series of pictures is “Two Forms” which  been commissioned for an outdoor setting with a water element by MARPA Landscape Architects in Boulder Colorado. This link shows various installation photos of the final piece.

http://www.marpa.com/two-forms

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. The patina chosen is a rich gold with black to highlight the forms.

“The Conversation” commissioned for a private client in Boston at 6 feet. The original small model is show in the first photo and then the full scale foam enlargement for mold making and finally finished bronze.

The most recent project is for the lobby of One Watermark Place in Palm Beach Florida. The existing sculpture of a mermaid is to be replaced with “Ascendance” at 7 feet tall in Bronze. The original carving in wood is shown along with full scale enlargement for mold making. Finally installation of sealed and patinated Bronze at the site. Always exciting to see the finished product!

Having said that and if you have read this far 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.

Thomas