Amos Plaut:
Sculpture "Pill for Art II" (2012), Bronze


Amos Plaut:
Sculpture "Pill for Art II" (2012), Bronze

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Limited, 12 copies | Signed | Bronze | Ø 30 cm | Height 6 cm | Weight 8,1 kg

Amos Plaut: Sculpture "Pill for Art II" (2012), Bronze

This work of the Israeli artist Amos Plaut is a small discovery. It refers to the essence of art. The art can calm you, open the sense, relief the pain, broaden the consciousness and give confidence. Prescribe yourself an art pill. But beware the risks and side effects: art can create art carvings.

Sculpture in bronze, 2012. Edition: 12 copies, signed. Diameter: 30 cm, height: 6 cm. Weight: 8.1 kilograms.

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Born in 1940

"Do not ask me what that is, do not ask me what it's supposed to be, it's just ART!" - that is the motto of the Israeli-German artist Amos Plaut.

Plaut was born in the family of German parents living in Tel Aviv and since 1984 has been dwelling in Germany. The interior designer is appreciated for his works of art, which humorously deal with the banality of human behavior. His works speak to the viewer with a strong pinch of irony.

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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