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?
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
“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!