Rainer Hercks:
"Absolute Animal Book Cover"

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Limited, 249 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Handmade | Size 13 x 8 x 17 cm (W x H x D)

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Rainer Hercks: "Absolute Animal Book Cover"

Anyone who reads will need a bookmark. And because mosquitoes are just too small and consequently extremely unsuitable for it, the best option is to put the elephant in the book. It can easily help to find the place where you read for the last time, even if the volume of the book is very thick.

Sculpture in fine bronze, hand cast lost wax. Limited edition of 249 pieces, numbered and signed. Size 13 x 8 x 17 cm (W/H/D).

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(1951-2005)

With cheerful ironic word-picture compositions, Rainer Hercks is a smiling chronicler of our times. Sometimes - so it has the appearance - he tends to a little sarcasm what every time evokes a jubilation of the daily growing circle of Hercks collectors and enthusiasts.

Intellectual peaks "at its best" and an excellent mastery of the craft - these are the characteristics that make up the value of the distinctive Hercks'schen oeuvres. In clearly defined themes, the bubbling of ideas colourful artist has never let constrict. At most, the elusive harmony in the world runs like a red thread through all his pictures. It is considered to be discovered behind the amiable Malice and mockery bordering on wisdom.

When asked about his work, the artist quotes - what a surprise - Karl Valentin: "If it's a can, it is not art, if it's a can not, it is certainly no".

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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