Saturday, 7 July 2012

#275 In the studio: "Moose Flats", con't . . .

The Moose Flats monument was completed this year and will be installed and dedicated next month at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  Gift of Joy and Tony Greene, the colossal sculpture ranks among my favorite works.

Building and modeling a large-scale monument is physically demanding.  Even though
I work from a smaller study (maquette), design and proportion changes must be addressed.  Monument design requires a strong, clear silhouette; the great masses and planes should be simplified and above all, the essence of the animal should be the sculptural goal.

Note:  Photographing the large sculpture at close range presented foreshortening 
of the turned head and caused it to appear larger than it actually is.

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