Rolf May:
Sculpture "Unicorn", Bronze version

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Rolf May:
Sculpture "Unicorn", Bronze version

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition| Limited, 99 pieces | Bronze | Handmade| Size 30 x 27 x 8 cm

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Rolf May: Sculpture "Unicorn", Bronze version

Only those who believe in the Unicorn, can see it. May is dedicated to all the fantastic art, the Unicorn is the current culmination of his work. Peaceful, intelligent and full of magical forces. Infinity we need many of them – world 99 bronze pieces (limited edition).

Ars Mundi exclusive edition in fine bronze, hand cast lost wax. Limited edition 99 pieces, Size 30 x 27 x 8 cm.

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Rolf May (born 1956) never wanted to be anything other than an artist. As a boy, he spent every free minute in the Studio of the painter Rudolf Fuchs. He found a job as a harvester and rags, sold a picture here and there and conquered gradually all artistic techniques up to the bronze casting. After his Mediterranean study trips, he worked in Paris, Munich, and Pasadena, California and had numerous exhibitions in Germany and the United States. Since the 80s Rolf May turned to the fantastic art.

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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