Tortoise Sculpture - how it was made - part 4

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 making the webbing between the legs and neckTortoise Sculpture - how it was made -36: making the webbing between the legs and neck webbing tacked in placeTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 37: webbing tacked in place rolling cylinders for the back legsTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 38: rolling cylinders for the back legs I consider giving the turtle rear exhaust pipes, a helmet and googles. Tortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 39: I consider giving the turtle rear exhaust pipes, a helmet and googles.  making room for toesTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 40: making room for toes ready to be weldedTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 41: ready to be welded filling the legs and head with a plaster and vermiculite mixTortoise Sculpture - how it was made: filling the legs and head with a plaster and vermiculite mix chasing in the scalesTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 43: chasing in the scales welding in a steel armatureTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 44: welding in a steel armature fitting the shell to the bodyTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 45: fitting the shell to the body filling the body cavity with a plaster and vermiculite mixTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 46: filling the body cavity with a plaster and vermiculite mix applying liver of sulfur with a brushTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 47: applying liver of sulfur with a brush scrubbed with a scouring padTortoise Sculpture - how it was made - 49: scrubbed with a scouring pad Voila!Tortoise Sculpture - how it was made -50: Voila!


Rob Sigafoos's picture

Jeremy- Thanks for sharing

Jeremy-
Thanks for sharing this information!! The sculpture is fantastic and wonderful. I (like many others here I'm sure) was dazzled by your work and wondered how you made it. You are clearly way out of my league artistically, but the time you spent putting this photo essay together inspires the likes of me greatly! You have opened my eyes to new techniques and ideas I have never thought of. Although I am sure I will never achieve anything like what you have done here with this piece, I will use some of your techniques to improve my work in the future.
Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together to share with us- it is very generous!
Rob


Frank Castiglione's picture

Second that Emotion

Hi Jeremy,
I second that motion and raise an additional thank you very much, Jeremy.
Frank


Jeremy maronpot's picture

Thanks

Thanks so much! I thought it was confusing the way I posted it.
It is just so wonderful to find people that appreciate the hours that went into that one. When people come into the shop, they love it but are confused when I tell them the price. They may have bought their first car for about as much. Thats why I put a book together that goes with the sculpture. So posting the pics here also was a no brainer. I put the pics into a video slideshow for you tube. Its easier to take in that way. maybe.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFVU0O4avXE


Rich Waugh's picture

Jeremy, A piece like that is

Jeremy,

A piece like that is destined for a museum or a nature park - places that would not balk at a price of $15K or more. If you're a member of any local art groups, look into places that are requesting proposals for "public art" for new construction/development projects. You might find one that would jump at that piece. It would look great outside the reptile exhibit at a zoo, for instance. It's a terrific piece and the progress photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing it all with us. Of course, now we're all waiting for the next one... (grin)

Rich


Jeremy maronpot's picture

Good suggestion

thanks for the good input. I had thought about the NC zoo, which is fantastic, but they have lots of animal sculptures already, some that are really large. I was thinking it might get lost with all that. There is a smaller zoo in Greensboro NC too. The sculpture is currently at a gallery so I have my fingers crossed. Making the stuff is easier than selling it.