Raimund Schmelter:
Animal Sculpture "Owl", Bronze

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Raimund Schmelter:
Animal Sculpture "Owl", Bronze

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Limited, 999 pieces | Numbered | Bronze | Hand patinated and -polished| Size 24.5 x 20 x 6.2 cm (W/H/D) | Weight approx. 2 kg

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Raimund Schmelter: Animal Sculpture "Owl", Bronze

Animals are particularly suitable for stylizations due to their original, clear expressiveness. The high art of the stylization combines both great experience of artistic vision and also a sense of the design beforehand. Sculptor Raimund Schmelter is a former gold-smith and brings material knowledge and material sensitivity from that profession.

The owl: revered for their wisdom and valued as facing the guardian of the night. Sculpture poured sand-cast bronze, cleaned by hand and finely patinated. The incisive lines have been individually polished by hand. Limited edition 999 pieces. Numbered . Size 24.5 x 20 x 6.2 cm (W/H/D), weight approx. 2 kg.

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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.

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

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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