Raimund Schmelter:
Sculpture "In the Same Boat", Bronze and Wood

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Bronze + wood | Polished | Size 28 x 9 x 17 cm(W/H/D)

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Raimund Schmelter: Sculpture "In the Same Boat", Bronze and Wood

Raimund Schmelter is an architect and a goldsmith at the same time which is famous for his work with wood massives and gracefully built metal shapes. This sculpture is both together: sand-cast molded of gunmetal bronze, polished ball combined with heavy wenge wood - a material combination which convinces not only in colour. Noticeable, Schmelters has the sense of proportion - it is due to his talent for drawing: the sculpture is preceded by numerous sketches.

Size 28 x 9 x 17 cm(W/H/D).

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The sculptor was born in 1950, first learned the goldsmith's craft and before he came to the visual arts through his strong interest in reduced and stylized figures. Schmelters works show graceful lines, which suggests that he developed his designs in countless paper sketches before he puts them in his own Studio.

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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