Going Bonkerdoodles Today in the Wax Room, w/Pete & Repeat

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.

Acrobat, wax prototype, 7'3", by Dave Stevenson, Polich-Tallix Foundry

A Dancer, an Acrobat & Pokémon Walk into a Bar...

This Summer, a satellite swallowed Dragon, the cat nipped our Zombie Pellets and my Kickstarter project…

Pokémon No

Pokémon No

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!!

My portrait of NYC dancer/choreographer  Robin Cantrell

My portrait of NYC dancer/choreographer Robin Cantrell

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! 

Fundraising Update + NEW Commission

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!!

The Acrobat Project/SCULPTUREZOO Launch Party

Sculpturezoo is the crowdfunding site for public art by Dave Stevenson

SABINA’s LOFT: THURSDAY night, NOV 19, 6-9 PM. 447 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor, Manhattan. Sculpture (bronze/ stainless steel/resin) + Chocolate (bourbon caramel/anise bark/hazelnut torte) + Jewelry (sterling silver/bronze) + Champagne Punch (classified)