Sergio Burcialo:
Sculpture "Perspectives", Bronze on Wooden Stele


Sergio Burcialo:
Sculpture "Perspectives", Bronze on Wooden Stele

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Limited, 99 copies | Numbered | Signed | Punched | Bronze | Patinated | Polished | Wood | Sculpture: 13 x 11 x 3,5 cm (H/W/D) | Height total 41 cm

Sergio Burcialo: Sculpture "Perspectives", Bronze on Wooden Stele

Sculpture in fine bronze, cast by hand in the lost wax technique, partially patinated and polished. On the wooden stele. Limited edition of 99 copies, numbered and signed, with a foundry stamp. Format of the sculpture 13 x 11 x 3,5 cm (H/W/D). Total height 41 cm. Weight 600g.

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"The balance between nature and civilization, balance in human relationships, balance in oneself, the whole life as a balance between birth and death." I have chosen this theme as a basis for my work. " This is how Burcialo, the artist who lives and works in Germany, comments on his art. He puts this statement to life in a variety of artistic means: as a graphic artist and painter, as a sculptor and as a photographer.

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.

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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