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Otmar Alt: Sculpture "The Dolphin" (2005), version in bronze

Otmar Alt:
Sculpture "The Dolphin" (2005), version in bronze

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Limited, 199 exemplars | serially numbered | signed | punched | bronze | handmade | hand-polished | patinated | Format 18.5 x 28.5 x 10.5 cm (W/H/D)

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Otmar Alt: Sculpture "The Dolphin" (2005), version in bronze

This composition is an optimist symbol for nature preservation, for a peaceful cohabitation and, not least, for love. Otmar Alt fascinated by the absolute aggression-free, lovely behavior of this sea inhabitant: "Dolphins fascinate us. When they are present, every day is unforgettable." From an upward column, the dolphin springs toward a better future. An arrow on the base symbolizes the way to higher knowledge. Blooming flowers represent applied nature.

Edition in fine bronze. Hand-cast using the lost wax technique, hand-patinated and polished. Format 18.5 x 28.5 x 10.5 cm (W/H/D). Limited edition of 199 exemplars, serially numbered, signed and with the casting workshop punch.

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Otmar AltOtmar Alt was born on 17 July 1940 in Wernigerode. After studying painting at the Berlin Master School of Crafts and at the Academy of Fine Arts, he quickly became the avant-garde artistic and is now one of the most important and also popular artists of Germany.

The artistic repertoire of Otmar Alt ranges from painting and graphics to sculpture. But he also designed utility items like children toys and design fairytale figures made of ceramics. He presented his work to the European public in more than 250 solo exhibitions. Otmar Alt excited the world of art with its supremely colorful, cheerful works for a long time. The main representative of the "New Figuration" manages to take the viewers into his fanciful dream world.

The fairytale symbolism in Otmar Alt's works reminds us of our carefree childhood. Most of all it refers to his representations of animals. Because of the strong abstraction of his imagery, the figures seem to be like fantasy creatures. Therefore, children books illustrated by him delight not only the children.

His style, which evolved into its own shape, and sometimes reminds of comic strips is based on informal painting. Otmar Alt creates an unconventional fantasy world, populated by fantastically shaped humans, animals and plants. His characteristic repertoire consists of mythical beasts and biomorphic archetypes. The geometric shapes gain a vivid effect thanks to the ornamental colors and composition in which they are added together like puzzle pieces.

The successful artist founded the Otmar Alt Foundation, launched years ago. Thanks to the income from Alt’s art the foundation promotes art young artists in a variety of ways, including by submitting of studio spaces in a Westphalian farm.

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

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.

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