Detlef Kraft:
Sculpture "Turtle," Bronze in Grey and Black


Detlef Kraft:
Sculpture "Turtle," Bronze in Grey and Black

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 199 copies | Numbered | Signed | Certificate | Bronze | Patinated | Polished | Format 10 x 12 x 18 cm (H/W/D) | Weight 2,1 kg

Detlef Kraft: Sculpture "Turtle," Bronze in Grey and Black

A human in the animal - the turtle of Detlef Kraft.

The motives from the animal world, belong to the oldest ones in the history of art. Only a few artists aim at the exact "depiction," in other cases the reflections of animals on the walls were more than that. They were the call to the future or the reflection of the past successful huntings.

Even the Detlef Kraft's (* 1950) animal is not just a turtle - the artistic significance goes far beyond. It spans an entire human life and stands for old-age wisdom and serenity; Detlef Kraft also recommends that the modern viewer should do the same to slow down his hectic life.

Sculpture in fine bronze, cast by the lost wax technique, patinated and polished by hand in gray/black. Limited edition of 199 copies, numbered and signed, with a certificate. Format 10 x 12 x 18 cm (H / W / D). Weight 2.1 kg. ars mundi special edition.

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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.

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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Sand casting

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