Wolf Gerlach:
Sculpture "Mainzel Little Men Det, The Thinker", bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 499 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Certificate | Bronze | Multicolored patinated | Format: ca. 14.5 x 15 x 10 cm (W/H/D) | Weight ca. 2.4 kg

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Wolf Gerlach: Sculpture "Mainzel Little Men Det, The Thinker", bronze

50 years of screen activity, over 40,000 short spots and several "somersaults". The Mainzel Little Men became a cult. Since 2nd April 1963, they have been part of our everyday life and many of us have as children taken Anton, Berti, Conni, Det, Edi and Fritzchen to our hearts.

Occasioned by their 50-year jubilee, in 2013, there is now another bronze sculpture in our Mainzel Little Men series. Shaped by their spiritual father, the graphic artist and stage designer Wolf Gerlach in person and released by him and ZDF in strictly limited edition, exclusively for ars mundi.

Mainzel Little Men "Det, the Thinker":
Another star in the great series of the followers of Rodin´s "Thinker": The shrewd Det, the Mainzel Little Men Thinker. The series limited to 499 exemplars in multicolored patinated bronze is cast with great craftsmanship effort in traditional lost wax technique. Each exemplar made exclusively for ars mundi, bears Gerlach´s signature and is individually serially numbered. With hand serially numbered certificate. Format: each ca. ca. 14.5 x 15 x 10 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 2.4 kg.

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The artist Wolf Gerlach in action1928-2012, versatile artist, inventor of Little Mainz.

Born in 1928 in Pomerania, Wolf Theodor Gerlach spent his youth on the North Sea island Langeoog. Technology and equipment of the performing arts seems to have aroused the young man's interest. After an apprenticeship as art director, set and costume designer, it came his first commitment in Oldenburg. Followed by Braunschweig and Wiesbaden. At the beginning of the 60s, Gerlach devoted to the advertising film and 1963 for the start of transmission of the ZDF, he invented the Little Mainz.

Gerlach, dissatisfied with all experiments dedicated voice actors to give his characters the appropriate voice, synchronized in the first years. And so as the listening to fairy tale plates, distinctive voice and manner of the actor Hans Paetsch speaking charmed generations of children and their parents since the 60s, then Gerlach spoke with the invented and crowed him "Gud'n Aaamd" in the hearts of viewers. His mischievous, cheeky and brash males will always be with us.

Wolf Gerlach died in November 2012 at the age of 84 years.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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