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  • 1. Honor the Earth Protect the Soil Here is a story of the creation of a bronze sculpture sculpted by Lynette Power
  • 2. Credits and Thanks  Inspired by Vic Ormsby, who deeply understood the dynamic connection between the food we eat and the soil beneath our feet.  The purpose of the sculpture is to honor the earth and all those who understand the delicate and fragile nature of the earth's ecosystem and work to protect it.  This project is made possible by the generosity of the McKnight Foundation through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.
  • 3. • To have public art which reminds citizens of the need to be good stewards of the land so that it is viable for sustaining future generations. • To educate the public about the urgent need for protecting the basic elements to life on Earth; soil, water and the air we breath. • To enhance our community with art which is available for all people to enjoy every day.
  • 4. Materializing a sculpture - the process 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Grab onto one of the ideas that inspires you and make the decision to act. Make an armature. Create the clay original on the armature. Make a mold of the original. Pour a wax copy in the mold. Make a refractory mold of the wax. Burn out - melt the wax out of the mold. Pour molten bronze into the hot empty mold. Chip the mold off the cooled bronze and sandblast clean. Fix casting flaws and weld pieces together. Retexture and sandblast for final surface. Patina Install I will show you some of these steps in the making of “Honor the Earth”
  • 5. Wire armature is constructed 1/4th inch aluminum wire is formed into a stick-man and put it into the position of the figure. .
  • 6. Developing profiles in oil base clay • The first step in the application of the clay is to create a thin pancake like profile of the figure on the wire armature. This flattening of the forms helps us to see the shapes and proportions. • As the sculpture turns there is a new profile for every degree of the turn. These shapes copy what we see of the model. If we continue to sculpt from the profiles, we eventually get a very good likeness to our model • Since every degree of tilt will also give new profiles, the number of profiles is infinite. To simplify, the next profile will be made at a right angle to the first, watching the model for the shape and proportion.
  • 7. Developing the forms and building volumes The second pancake profile which is 90 degrees is sculpted from the strait on view from the front and back. Begin filling in the volumes between the pancakes, using the model as the guide.
  • 8. The model for the sculpture Many of you will recognize Steve Kukowski. He generously gave his time modeling for this project. Modeling is a very difficult job. Muscles tire quickly from holding limbs in unsupported positions. Frequent breaks are necessary.
  • 9. Hand and garlic details
  • 10. Finishing details and lettering the base The lettering read, Protect the Soil, Honor the Earth, our source of life.
  • 11. The mold In early January of 2010 I took the clay sculpture to the foundry and they made a mold on it and poured a wax copy in the mold
  • 12. A wax copy was made and painted with a bronze colored paint. This wax copy was shown at the Frozen River Film Festival in 2010 in memory of Vic. The festival theme for that year was food. This completed the first phase of the project in 2010
  • 13. The project awaiting funding
  • 14. September 2013 McKnight Grant through Southeast Minnesota Arts Council
  • 15. Phase 2 of the Sculpture The bronze colored paint on the wax display made it unusable for foundry and casting purposes so that was recycled into the wax pot and a new copy was made. There were 7 parts to the mold and at least one wax copy was made of each part.
  • 16. Since the base had a problematic warp in the mold, I decided to resculpt it. I realized that if I made it a little deeper I could depict soil strata on the sides of the base to clarify the intention of the sculpture.
  • 17. To further represent Vic, I added garlic, which was one of his passions. I also included many other things to symbolize life in the soil.
  • 18. Below is the mold for the new base during the wax pouring process. The wax is the green. The yellow is the rubber part of the mold, which will capture the details. The white is the plaster part of the mold, which holds the rubber in shape.
  • 19. Parts were not fitting together In the 4 years that the molds have been sitting, there has been a lot of distortion. There were some places which needed up to an inch of tweaking to get them together. In addition to warping, I could see major corrections in the sculpture itself that needed to be made.
  • 20. Trying to fix the face Beyond hope. Back to the primordial soup I thought the face was too cartoony because the eyes were too big, but would I wreck it if I tried to change it?
  • 21. Looking for the perfect smile Of the hundreds of faces that I looked at on Google search this guy hit the bulls eye. Talking with my son who was visiting for Christmas, I realized why I thought that smile was such a winner and Luke graciously consented to let me photograph him so that I could get the other dimensions.
  • 22. Two wax heads are better than one. Starting over
  • 23. Wax is a really tough medium to sculpt because it has to be heated before it will begin to move at all.
  • 24. In the picture below, it was getting close, with only 14 areas to fix. I needed to get this to the foundry on Christmas eve day. Less than 24 hours before it went to the foundry
  • 25. After many sleepless nights, the last sculpting details were worked out and we loaded it up for the foundry trip. Nothing like a deadline. It will take the foundry at least a month, and I needed it by January 24th for the Frozen River Film Festival.
  • 26. Progress pictures from the foundry Do you recognize the handsome guy?
  • 27. More details to come. I will pick up the sculpture next week and bring you up to date on the patina process.
  • 28. Please visit our display th Sunday, January 26 at the Frozen River Film Festival 2014

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