Foundry technicians take measurements from the maquette and enlarge to a monumental sized version of the sculpture. This procedure is called the "point-up". Styrofoam panels are glued together and carved to create the general shape of the figure.
The artist makes necessary changes to the proportions of the shapes before the foam is covered with a membrane of clay. The artist then models the clay surface. Underlying the clay is the styrofoam block-in.
When the work is completed a rubber mold is made from the clay model and the lost wax bronze casting process begins.
|The powerful presence of the American bald eagle|
|The massive clay figure towers above the artist in the Lander studio|
|The general lines and basic masses of a monument must be simple|
|Masses must be balanced around a central axis|
|The resin cast maquette in the foreground|
|The overall contours are suggestive of flight |
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