Dorothea Steigerwald:
Sculpture "Stay his child" (1963), bronze edition


Dorothea Steigerwald:
Sculpture "Stay his child" (1963), bronze edition

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Bronze | Handmade | Handpatiniert |Polished | Height: 16 cm

Dorothea Steigerwald: Sculpture "Stay his child" (1963), bronze edition

The most common motive of Dorothea Steigerwald has become a symbol of the Christian world security. Thus it wants to set a sign of hope: The open, powerful hand of God, in which the child takes refuge and security, protection and warmth experiencing.

Edition in fine bronze, hand cast lost wax. Hand patinated ted and polished by . Height: approx. 16 cm.

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Steigerwald born in 1918 in Duisburg, is perhaps the most famous artist of the Church in the German-speaking world.

After joining in the Deaconesses mother house "Hebron" Sister Dorothea began in addition to her work as a kindergarten teacher and nurse, taught sculpture. In 1963 was the plastic "Keep his child" known through the Christian world. In 1980 Steigerwald was released after over 40 years’ service in the nursery. Since then she is dedicated to all her artistic mission.

Postcards and calendars with pictures of their work millions of copies and are at home in meetinghouses and Christian living rooms around the world. Our security in the hands of God is her main theme: "I want simply to tell people that there is someone who loves them."

For her selfless work and commitment to children Steigerwald was awarded the Federal cross of merit in 1989. Despite her success, she has remained always modest: "This is not my merit, that I can do it, but is a gift."

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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