Keith Simmerson’s Bull Dog

Keith needed an enlargement done for an 8′ commissioned Bulldog sculpture. He walked into the studio with his 18″ model, already sculpted in full detail. For this project Keith asked that we make the enlargement out of 1.5lb EPS foam.

The first step is to take a 3D laser scan of the small scale model. This provides us with a very accurate digital three dimension map of the  surface of the model. The data can then be viewed, manipulated and scaled from within our computer software. Finally this information, at the desired numerical scale, is sent over to our CNC carving machine which then carves out blocks of foam to the precise geometry of the scanned model.

In this particular case, Keith also needed to have an armature tightly embedded inside the foam. The armature was pre-designed and modeled directly at the digital stage, and grooves were cut out during the CNC machining operation, so that during the assembly stage everything would fit tightly and seamlessly.

Keith has taken possession of the enlargement and brought it back to his studio, we look forward to seeing the finished piece!

 

 

 

 

Christina Cordova

Christina Cordova is a nationally recognized sculptor with works featured in the permanent collections of major institutions around the country. We were delighted to have her visit the foundry and spend some time working in the wax room on some new soon-to-be bronze pieces. Here is some progress, with raw, unfinished bronze just making its way towards metal finishing.

 

Simon Raab

Simon Raab is a contemporary artist based in Santa Barbara CA and is represented by the Peter Zimmerman Gallery in Mannheim, Germany.

Simon tapped into our digital capabilities to model and CNC machine a grenade pattern, and then mold and cast the piece using alternate materials and finishes on different parts of the grenade.

At 3′ scale, four grenades carry cast bronze, cast stainless and polished stainless steel elements. Stainless steel is always a very different beast compared to the relative ease of bronze, and we were delighted with the outcome, two of the realizations were exhibited last December during Miami Art Basel @ Art Miami – photos here!

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