Andreas Artur Hoferick:
Sculpture "Tiger", version in bronze

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Andreas Artur Hoferick:
Sculpture "Tiger", version in bronze

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Ars mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 199 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Casting workshop stamp | Certificate | Version in bronze | Format 34 x 25.5 x 12.5 cm (W/H/D) | Weight 8.2 kg

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Andreas Artur Hoferick: Sculpture "Tiger", version in bronze

Imposing tiger sculpture of the Harz animal sculptor Andreas Artur Hoferick. Edition in bronze. Cast using the lost wax technique. Limited edition of 199 exemplars, serially numbered, signed and punched with the casting workshop. Delivery with certificate. Format incl. base 34 x 25.5 x 12.5 cm (W/H/D). Weight 8.2 kg. ars mundi exclusive edition.

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Andreas Artur Hoferick, Stone mason, sculptor and restorer graduate, has made a name in Germany due to the high quality of his work. He has numerous restorations and reconstructions carried out, including at Meseberg Palace (the government guest house), the city of Potsdam and Berlin's Schloss castle. But at the same time he also created busts, statues and sculptures.

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.

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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