One of my favorite creations, Poodlerat (bronze, 7" X 7" X 4") inspired the words above plus another 17 pages or so since. So when do you get to meet Fatdog, Raccoonbat & The Angry Pomeranian? Keep your eyes on The Zoo! Meanwhile, visit the Gift Shop to bring home Poodlerat: He'll keep you company until the rest of his gang of mischief-makers & malcontents arrives!
I’ve always wanted to abstract a sleek and fearsome shark, so this is my first stab at the stunning Caribbean Reef Shark, created during the wintry mix of sleet n snow that pounded the City today. The next step is to enlarge this 12” wire drawing to my normal “working scale” of about 2.5-3 feet, then add mass to the wireframe with foam and resin. If I manage to capture the formidable power, speed & beauty of this graceful predator, I’ll mold it & cast it in stainless steel!
Have you been Naughty or...Mice?Read More
What comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean? Warm sand and sea turtles? Long walks on the beach, breathtaking turquoise water…tiny umbrellas? For me it's wild goats.Read More
Power. Agility. Stamina. Independence: Thunder through the tundra this winter with a striking abstraction of one of Earth's most inspiring creatures. Available exclusively @ the Sculpturezoo Gift Shop.
Sculpturezoo is the crowdfunding platform for The Acrobat Project, a public (bronze) sculpture exhibition by NYC sculptor Dave Stevenson. All proceeds from Sculpturezoo go towards covering the production and installation costs for this special exhibit juried by NYC Parks' Art in the Parks program.
Still nursing! (Available for adoption on Friday, October 27th.)
I know what you're thinking: Is there anything more fun than switching from a rotary sander to random orbital sander, Dave? NOPE. Finally covering up them unsightly five inch sanding disc grooves; Playing plucky "Blues F***ers" groove by The Aristocrats to mark the occasion, naturally.
Sculpturezoo is the official fundraising website for NYC sculptor Dave Stevenson's NYC Parks' Art in the Parks (2017) Exhibit. All proceeds from the Sculpturezoo Gift Shop directly benefit this public art exhibit.
I drove across the NEW Tappan Zee bridge--just three days after it reopened--on the way to the foundry (& my studio) today. Not exactly the most aesthetically exhilarating experience, but still kind of exciting because I have enjoyed watching it rise S L O W L Y from the Hudson River since the project began.
Once at the foundry, I approved the weld-up for the two sections of Acrobat--making sure both pieces matched perfectly before sealing them together for eternity. It's a symmetrical piece, so sure, I took a few measurements, but mostly it's just done by eye. The "Boomerang" video below shows us preparing to assemble the sculpture using a forklift as a crane.
What's next? I'll grind out and polish the welds tomorrow, and after the holiday weekend I'll map out the final design for the base--then, patina time!
>"Half-crobats" today @Polich-Tallix Foundry (NEW location) Walden, NY. Polich Polish Punishment Progress?
ACROBAT is Bronze! Now let's see how long it takes me to polish it smooth...Read More
I have finally completed the wax chasing stage and begun the bronze casting phase for my monumental bronze sculpture for NYC Parks', Art in the Parks Exhibition/2017.Read More
This Spring add some Zing to your: lunchbox, skateboard, dumbphone, notebook, litterbox, birdcage, briefcase, suitcase, tacklebox, grandma, sewing machine, guitar amp, forehead, harmonica case, water bottle, learjet, jet ski, wait…you have a jet ski? Put a sticker on it!
It’s no secret I hate wax. I should replace hate with loathe. Despise? Maybe detest is better. Except that sounds too academic. Oh, I #^%@&*^ wax!
Chasing, in case you're wondering, is the innocuous term for smoothing out every single unsightly nick and scratch of a wax prototype, and filling any untoward dips and undulations that deviate from or threaten the integrity of the original sculpture. Any imperfection undetected during this stage will show up in bronze, where the labor to rectify it is increased by a factor of 3. Hence the endless mind-numbing pursuit for flaws in the wax. Since the material is inherently soft, repairing one side of a form invariably nicks the opposite side. Pete & Repeat ad nauseum.
The tedious, interminable, agonizing wax stage is a necessary phase of bronze casting. To get through it I take constant breaks. For water. Coffee. M & M’s. I read inane celebrity news. I hang from the rafters. And blame my apathy & indolence on undiagnosed ADHD.
But I'm almost done! Next week we’ll weld up “Acrobat” to set the mounting angle, and cut it back up into 4 sections for final gating to prep for casting. Wax, schmax. Grinding, filing & polishing bronze? That’s The Part I am Looking Forward To!!!!!! I think it’s safe to say everyone in Polich-Tallix’s wax room is looking forward to that too.