Knuth Seim:
Sculpture "Sternengucker", Bronze

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | Limited, 199 Copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Chiselled | Patinated | Format 12 x 40 x 10 cm (W/H/D) | Weight ca. 2.5 kg

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Knuth Seim: Sculpture "Sternengucker", Bronze

Astronomy is the beginning of all science, and today as thousands of years ago the man looks at the canopy of heaven with fascination. So also Knuth Seim's "Sternengucker" (Stargazer) - armed with a long telescope, looks at the glittering firmament. Seim displays him in truly dramatic body tension: slightly bent knees to keep his feet firmly and with head tilted backwards he seeks to capture his target.
With the Stargazer, Seim, born in 1961 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), returns to his artistic roots. As a skilled stonecutter and a trained sculptor, after studying in Senegal, he works mostly in a simple, reduced formal language, but here he embodies his motif completely figuratively and realistically.
The figure was originally created as a draft for the group of sculptures for the Märkischen Platz in the "City of Optics", Rathenow.

Sculpture cast in bronze using the lost-wax technique, chiselled and patinated. Limited edition of 199 copies, signed and numbered. Format 12 x 40 x 10 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 2.5 kg. Exclusively from ars mundi.

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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.

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.

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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