Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Reader," Bronze


Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Reader," Bronze

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 49 copies | Numbered | Signed | Certificate | Bronze | Patinated | Format 20 x 17 x 23.5 cm (H/W/D) | Weight 3.3 kg

Valerie Otte: Sculpture "Reader," Bronze

The fascination of reading: "Reading, like breathing, is the essential function of life," said Alberto Manguel in his wide "History of Reading," which takes this topic up from cultural history. And it is expanded by the cognitive scientist Stanislas Dehaene in his book on the highly complex neurological prerequisites of reading "the greatest invention of humanity." Both fill more than 400 printed pages with these immediately comprehensible theses.

The sculptor Valerie Otte, who was born in 1977 and received education in London and Berlin, needs a bronze cast to create an impressive picture for the fascination for books and reading packed in so many words. The reader is equally concentrated and relaxed, she sinks into her reading and forgets everything around her.

Edition in bronze. Cast in lost wax technique patinated by hand. Limited edition 49 copies, numbered and signed. With certificate. Format 20 x 17 x 23.5 cm (H/W/D). Weight 3.3 kg. arsmundi special edition.

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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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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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