Now you see it, now you don’t, 100 year old church demolished in Brooklyn, no one even bothered to save those hand carved stone Corinthian capitals, the arrow points to one that had crashed down and was laying in the rubble mostly intact, all of them hand carved on site. Nobody cared enough to even bother saving them.
A previous client contacted me out of the blue tonight, I remembered her right away when she mentioned Ontario Canada since I’ve only shipped to one client in Ontario. I forgot exactly what I sent her, but they were all concrete for her building facade, so a Google street refreshed my memory- 3 queen frieze fragments, 2 acanthus leaves and 2 griffin panels!
The griffin panels can be seen under the two windows, one the 3 queens can be seen on top of a column of stones in the 2nd photo, and an acanthus leaf in the 3rd photo. One of the views is from 2009 so it’s been a few years, now she is looking for another sculpture, we’ll see what she has in mind!
Opened the kiln a little while ago and all the pieces came out perfect, one cherub shown was from a previous firing, a lion block was in this load not shown in the photo.
The beaver is already sold to a client, and the 2 cherubs will get stained.
After I finished adjusting and gluing on the wood grille pieces onto my dry clay model I hit the whole thing with primer so I can see how it looks without the distraction of variances in color.
I’m thinking casts of this will look best in a flat or satin battleship grey like the original 1920s elevated highway this depicts was, maybe some aging/rust streaks on the grey would be even better.
I wish I had used less course clay as I had problems getting finer detailing without runing into “courseness” but it is what it is, and if I had gotten perfectly smooth fine details and lines it would look too “new” which wouldn’t have been accurate. The model depicts the scene as it was in the 1970s after decades buildup of paint, and corrosion, peeling paint etc.
This course red clay has no tendency to warp or crack as should be obvious by this panel’s size and big variations in thickness from about 1-1/4″ in the background to about 3″ on the bottom quarter, other clays I’ve used before that were smoother really warped badly, so there’s trade-offs on every clay that way.
I say this is “finished” but actually I still have to fill in all of the little slots in those slotted brass screws as they are supposed to be smooth convex shaped rivet heads.
27″ x 16-3/4″
Two cherubs given an aged finish for a NYC client, the yellowish hue is from reflections from the wood floor and the lights fooling hte camera, they don’t have any yellow on them.