12 months ago, a rogue paw sent Raptor crashing to the floor into three broken pieces with 13 different structural cracks. Mischka's been banned from the studio ever since. Time Served?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.
NEW iguana sculpture by NYC artist Dave StevensonRead More
This Winter: Tiny Bunny traps Giant Dog in a perilous game of hide-and-seek. Will Bunny elude Dog in perpetuity, adroitly balanced, fiendishly close, just out of reach? Bunnydog playfully reminds us how often the thing that we’re looking for was actually right there the whole time. Sculpted in resin & finished with a dry-brushed patina. Now available for purchase in the Gift Shop!
Sculpturezoo.com is the crowdfunding site for The Acrobat Project, my public art project for NYC Parks' Art in the Parks, 2017. All proceeds from Gift Shop sales and donations go directly towards production & installation costs for this special exhibition.
Stoked to finally finish this commission, a great "warm up" before tackling the BIG version this winter.
Sculpturezoo is my crowdfunding effort to raise an 8 foot tall version of this sculpture above Tribeca concrete, for NYC Parks' Art in the Parks program
Ok we’re going for it! At the end of December I will begin the bronze casting phase for enlarging Acrobat—to about 8 feet high—for NYC Parks’/Art in The Parks program.Read More
This Summer, a satellite swallowed Dragon, the cat nipped our Zombie Pellets and my Kickstarter project…
Pokémon No: A few weeks ago, one of my outdoor bronze sculptures unceremoniously popped up—without attribution or permission—in the new smartphone gaming phenomenon, Pokémon Go. Flattering isn’t quite the right word to describe this experience, especially since players have been tramping uninvited through my collector’s property to “capture” cartoon monsters. An errant baseball knocked through a window would be preferable to the harassment the game has inflicted. The name of my sculpture is Dragon; if only I could animate it to fight back!!
Cantrell (14”, steel wire) is a new portrait of the powerful & inspiring NYC dancer/choreographer Robin Cantrell. The first in a small series I have been working on for about a year, it will be enlarged to 8/9 feet high. Ms. Cantrell choreographs and performs with her own company, Indelible Dance (upcoming performances: Sept. 8-10.) and is a member of the globe trotting Battery Dance too. Click the link above and join me in the audience!
Thank you Again to everyone who participated in my summer Kickstarter campaign. Together, we pledged an impressive $16,880 to realize Acrobat in 700 lbs of bronze. Unfortunately, we fell short of the $25,000 target, so according to Kickstarter's rules (ack!), none of your generous pledges can be collected. Remember, you can still visit the Gift Shop here in the Zoo to participate in this cool public art project, or make a direct donation by clicking on any of the Sculpturezoo donate buttons. Projected installation in Tribeca's Finn Park is this winter. As always, feel free to drop in to The Chelsea Treehouse, or come visit StudioDave in the Catskills!
The Acrobat Project has raised over $17,000 in fundraising pledges. That leaves just about $10,000 more before I can green light an 8 foot bronze Acrobat. We're almost there!
Here are a couple photos of a commission in progress (the 3D print/prototype of one-half of Acrobat) for a 35" tall bronze Acrobat for one of my collectors + a fun writing project and a wire-drawing in development for enlargement:
The honey-combed texture of the plastic 3D print had to be coated entirely with modeling paste and sanded smooth to return the surface to its original (the original prototype that was scanned) finish. I completed that stage last week, coated the surface with primer paint to fill all of the small pinholes, and dropped it off at my mold maker's studio. When the mold is completed, I will fill it with wax (twice) and chase (clean/smooth-out) each half to prepare the sculpture for the gating/ceramic shell phase of casting. Yup, many, many steps involved to get from original idea to finished casting!!
Acclaimed Abyssinian Writer, Director, Actor Mischka stars in this hilarious tutorial on how to use the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter, using NYC sculptor Dave Stevenson's The Acrobat Project as his example:
The Acrobat Project is 19% funded. Let's get to 30% by Tomorrow! (14 days left & counting...)
Kickstarter REWARD Spotlight/The Acrobat Project by Dave StevensonRead More
The Acrobat Pendant: wearable version of Dave Stevenson's monumental, 8 foot tall Acrobat--coming to TriBeCa/NYC this summer.Read More
“Want Acrobat to come to TriBeCa to play? Tumble into the Gift Shop or Donate today.”
The Zooner the Better Acrobat will be my first monumental, public bronze, a goal I have been working towards for two decades. However, Art in the Parks requires its exhibitions to be privately funded, so Acrobat will materialize next June only if I raise the money for it in time. How close am I? My project is half way towards completion; I have paid for the 3D scan of the original maquette, the digital enlargement, the foam prototype and its molds. But I am well short of the $25,000.00 budgeted to cover final casting, engineering, finishing, site-prep and installation.
To-Zoo List To encourage participation in bringing this massive sculpture to life, I have curated a rotating collection of specially priced artwork and jewelry from my vast Artinjection portfolio and placed it inside the Gift Shop of my new website, sculpturezoo. This week’s highlights include: a wearable Acrobat created through the magic of 3D printing; & Bunnydog, a hilarious, tiny bronze sculpture that tops out at 3 inches.
Zoo Nation A public art project of this scale (& location) will set the trajectory for the second half of my career, helping establish me as both a large scale sculptor and a public artist. Completing The Acrobat Project will make me a more competitive sculptor, qualifying me for advanced professional opportunities for public art projects and collaborations with notable architects and museums. The exhibit inside Finn Park in TriBeCa will last one year, after which I intend to launch Acrobat on a leisurely tour of public gardens and campuses around the country. Let’s go to The Zoo!