Gisela von Wittich:
Sculpture "Somersault", bronze


Gisela von Wittich:
Sculpture "Somersault", bronze

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Limited, 499 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Bronze | Hand-made | Hand-patinated | Polished | Format: 21 x 27 x 9.3 cm (W/H/D) | Weight 3 kg

Gisela von Wittich: Sculpture "Somersault", bronze

The "Somersault" is deemed as the oldest tradition of Düsseldorf city and became one of its best-known emblems.
The legend about its apparition goes back to 1288, when Düsseldorf recovered its town privileges, after the Worringen battle. The citizens, especially children, went to the streets, turning somersaults. Until today, there is an international annual somersault contest in the Königsallee or in the Rhein docks.

The artist Gisela von Wittich lived several years in Düsseldorf. Her bronze somersault turner symbolizes lively joy of living: the artist captured the playful and lightweight movement in its moment of highest tension. Elaborate details highlight the sculpture dynamics: the fallen trouser legs, the raised jacket, the battered collar or the curly head.

Sculpture of fine bronze, cast using the lost wax technique. Hand-patinated and polished. Limited series of 499 exemplars, serially numbered and signed. Format: 21 x 27 x 9.3 cm (W/H/D), Weight 3 kg.

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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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