Wednesday, 19 March 2014

#514 In the field: Briscoe Museum sculpture installation, con't . . .

For more information about the Briscoe Museum project and creation of the monuments in the studio, 
please go to posts #453: Aug. 18, 2013 through #461: Sept. 15, 2013.

We just returned from San Antonio and the installation of the Briscoe Museum of Western Art sculpture project.  
The scope of the work included two life-sized bas-relief bronze horse panels attached to gates and an enormous architectural relief panel depicting three running bison installed in a back-lit niche. . . while the previous post focused on the horse gates, this post focuses on the bison relief panel.

The sculpture design for the twelve foot alcove niche depicts three running bison.
Below, is the initial concept sketch that I presented to Jack Guenther and the Briscoe Museum staff for approval.

After approval of the drawing, a maquette was developed and modeled 40 inches in width.
The maquette, or study, is the precursor to creating a monument and is the artist's guide for creating the monument . . . measurements are taken to resize and enlarge 

Below, are images of the monumental panel being blocked in and carved with dense foam, 
then covered with oil-based clay called plastilene, and modeled.

Below, is an image of the installed monument.

Below, Executive Director,  Dr. Steven Karr and I stand in front of the sculpture.   
 Beautiful landscaping under the alcove was underway by the end of the installation day. 

The enormous panel is installed with stainless steel rods, attached to the back of the sculpture, 
and inserted into the limestone.  It is projected forward and positioned with space between the 
stone and back of the bronze sculpture allowing rheostat-controlled soft lighting from behind . . . 
thus creating a dramatic silhouette of the sculpture.  
Lighting was an important element of my initial concept, design, and proposal.  

Below, is an images of the back-lighting with Jack and Valerie Guenther.

Below, are images of the bronze architectural panel at the foundry during the patina process.

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