Otto Waalkes:
Sculpture "Ottifant", bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 980 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Bronze | Hand-made | Patinated | Partly polished | Size 12 x 19.5 x 20 cm (W/H/D) | Weight 3.5 kg | Certificate with hand-written serial number

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Otto Waalkes: Sculpture "Ottifant", bronze

Otto Waalkes is not only a comic, singer and actor, he is also a blessed cartoonist (and, in addition, a graduate of the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg). His best-known cartoon is the Ottifant. Developed initially as a logo for Otto´s own record company, Rüssl Räckords, the pachyderm became in time more and more of a trademark, even an alter ego of Otto. The same mischievous smile, the same sly look in short, an image of the artist as young Ottifant. And thus, our fine bronze edition represents a small memorial not only to the Ottifant, but also to the great comic Otto Waalkes.

Exclusively at ars mundi: Sculpture of the famous Ottifant in fine bronze, exquisitely cast using the lost wax technique. Patinated, partly polished. Limited to 980 serially numbered and signed exemplars. Size: 12 x 19.5 x 20 cm (W/H/D), Weight 3.5 kg. A detailed certificate with hand-written serial numbers.

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Otto WaalkesHe is the most famous East Frisian since the invention of sugar candy of Kluntjes and has already made comedy as many stars of today so popular comedy scene were not even born. In Germany, Otto Waalkes is one of the (monitoring) fathers of the genre. For almost four decades, he stands on the stage, and when one adds to the performances of his band "Rustlers" to the school, there are even 45 years. It's probably allowed to call the just 61-year-old a "veteran".

As early as the 70s and 80s Otto filled huge halls, scored with his legendary TV shows today unimaginable ratings and was with his LPs regularly in the top ten (music) represent charts. His first film from 1985 is still regarded as the most successful film since the beginning of the audience acquisition, and they wanted to put up the rates awarded to him in succession, which would result in probably a perceived distance from Emden to Aurich. He has received three times alone the German Comedy Award, including - with mid-50s - for his life's work.

To this day Otto popularity has not diminished. His tours is extremely successful, had in recent years as an actor and voice actor for many major blockbusters with and has become the third, if not conquered fourth generation audience.

Otto and the "Elephant":

Not the Indian not the African, but the East Frisian elephant is likely in Germany have the greatest popularity (alone among 3-5 year he has possibly with the radio play elephant Benjamin Blumchenserious competition). Since 1972, the Otto Waalkes Elephant accompanied creativity. First, as the logo for his record label, then again as a cartoon on his record covers, and finally - to as cartoons playback at his big TV shows ... is part of Elephant Otto to East Frisian - in the moving image.

Here, the pachyderm has developed an amazing life of its own over time. He brought it to the comic book character to its own TV series and a feature-length movie, became the star of a video game and a series of computer games, and finally even the mascot of the East Frisian football club BSV Kickers in Otto's hometown Emden. And as Otto in 1987 instituted the "Otto Huus" just there a museum with exhibits of his long career, it was clear what kind of had to be "Kunst am Bau": Since then looks at a larger than life, breaking through the back stone museum wall outwards Ottifant the Emdenern and the tourist shopping over his shoulders.

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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Sand casting

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