Now that the Commodore mask is done, I figured out the size of the model I will make for the Cable Building acanthus leaf block, it will start out in the clay master model at 20-1/2″ x 26″ and after shrinking when that’s dry it would wind up about 18-3/4″ x 23-1/2″, but if I make a plaster mold to hand-press clay into those would start out at 18-3/4″ x 23-1/2″ and shrink to about 17-1/2″ x 21″ which I have calculated out in reverse so as to wind up with a dry pressed sculpture that will fit my 18″ x 23″ kiln.
I could make the model a couple of inches taller- there’s room in the kiln’s height, but that would alter the proportions.
The photo below shows the original 1892 design (inset) in the frieze below the limestone cornice, it alternates with a rosette which at this time I doubt I will make a model of, but could, I just don’t find the rosette very interesting or even that well done, the acanthus is more interesting.
As an aside, that window above the cornice in the photo below was one of the six windows in the loft I had on that very floor. The view is of the 45 degree corner where the Broadway facade meets the Houston St facade, instead of the typical 90 degree join for a box shaped building, they angled two corners which looks more dramatic and it also provides for two windows facing almost South down Broadway. This was a prime location, in fact the cable car company offices were on the 8th floor- directly above my loft and if the photo was a littl wider to the right and taller that area would be where they had an ornate wrought-iron balcony the bosses could step out onto. The balcony appears in photos of the building taken before about 1920, sometime after that, but probably not very long after 1920 it was removed and the exact same bricks and terracotta etc were used to patch up the doorway and create the window in it’s place. A close look at it now you’d never know a balcony and door opening ever existed there.
And now I start on this with the form required to give the clay it’s shape and size I want: