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.
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...)