Andora + Della:
Sculpture "Justitia" (2002), handpainted bronze

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Limited, a Total of 199 Copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Handmade | Hand Painted | Polished | Hallmarked | Format 41.5 x 44.5 x 10 cm | Weight 6 kg

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Andora + Della: Sculpture "Justitia" (2002), handpainted bronze

Sculpture in Bronze. Lost wax technique. Handpainted, polished, numbered, signed. Limited world edtion of 199 exemplars with Arabic numerals and 29 with Roman numerals. Size 41,5 x 44,5 x 10 cm. Version with Arabic numerals: handpainted Bronze sculpture after the Artist's model Limited world edition of 170 exemplars (from 1/170 to 170/170).

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AndoraAndora was born in East Berlin in 1957. Because of "disobedience" against the fatherland, he was sentenced to one-year imprisonment in 1976. After his release he worked as a gravedigger, heater, sexton, elevator operator ... and broke down in the system. Andora came to the "West" and after finishing his studies undertook, "the attempt to become a right member of society" once again …

A really creative period in his life began in 1985. After the first images in neo-expressive style, which show the search for his own language, he started the development of an independent visual language and extension of the chosen means of artistic expression. This was followed by individual and group exhibitions in Germany, other European countries and the USA. At the same time he began the most spectacular "projects for the conversion of contemporary art in everyday life", which got a feedback from a large audience. These projects have been developed in close cooperation with the industry, where the artistic freedom always remained paramount.

He created "the fastest piece of art in the world" with a hand-painted Formula 1 racing cars, designed to combat jacket for a gentleman boxer Henry Maske, painted a Russian Poljot rocket, which entered the history of art in space. For the Expo in Hannover, he designed a huge Low Saxony Horse.

Andora now lives and works in Hannover. His works are presented mainly in European and American collections. The lengthy cooperation with his fellow artists Della, which started in 1956 in Hannover, since the beginning of 1999 got official character and a name: "Studio 4".

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.

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.

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