ACROBAT is Bronze! Now let's see how long it takes me to polish it smooth...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.
“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!