Wolf Gerlach:
Sculpture "Mainzel Man Conni", Version in Bronze


Wolf Gerlach:
Sculpture "Mainzel Man Conni", Version in Bronze


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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 499 copies | Numbered | Signed | Certified | Bronze | Colorful patina | Format ca. 13 x 15 x 11 cm (W/H/D) | Weight ca. 2.3 kg


Wolf Gerlach: Sculpture "Mainzel Man Conni", Version in Bronze

The world premiere: Maizel Men - especially for ars mundi on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary in 2013

The real TV stars do not wear tuxedoes or evening dresses - they wear pointed hats. And they have a 50-year-long career behind their shoulders. It is a good occasion to set a monument to the Mainzel Men - in pure bronze and artificial stone.

The Mainzel Men are a cult. They have been with us since the 2nd of April, 1963 and many of us have born Anton, Berti, Conni, Det, Edi and Fritzchen in our hearts since early childhood. After almost 50 years of TV career with more than 40.000 short spots the three Maizel Men are for the first time presented in bronze and artificial stone - formed by their spiritual father, the graphic artist and stage designer Wolf Gerlach, who created them at ZDF especially for ars mundi in a limited edition.
The little TV stars appeared from the pencil sketches picture by picture and likewise they had to be prepared on the plastic niveau. The art casting studio, chosen by us guarantees the highest quality at casting and further processing of the sculptures, either on the stage of grinding and chasing the raw casting, or at the stage of manual patination. The colorful patination is a special challenge. As each of the Maizel Men has a personal name and a personal character, so they are recognized by the clothes. To dress Anton into a red shirt and blue trousers, a special patination technique should be used, which presupposes creating these color shades at special temperatures and in a special sequence. This requires long education in handicrafts and sure instinct of a master.
As a result there appear small artworks, which honor the Maizel Men. And as they do not stay behind their artistic models, Wolf Gerlach proves their quality – each copy bears a signature of the author.

The Mainzel Man Conni, edition in bronze casting:
The limited edition of 499 copies in colorfully patinated bronze is elaborately cast in lost wax technique. Each copy appears especially at ars mundi, bears the signature by Gerlach and is numbered. With a hand-numbered certificate. Format ca. 13 x 15 x 11 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 2.3 kg.

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1928-2012, versatile artist, inventor of Little Mainz.

Born in 1928 in Pomerania, Wolf Theodor Gerlach spent his youth on the North Sea island Langeoog. Technology and equipment of the performing arts seems to have aroused the young man's interest. After an apprenticeship as art director, set and costume designer, it came his first commitment in Oldenburg. Followed by Braunschweig and Wiesbaden. At the beginning of the 60s, Gerlach devoted to the advertising film and 1963 for the start of transmission of the ZDF, he invented the Little Mainz.

Gerlach, dissatisfied with all experiments dedicated voice actors to give his characters the appropriate voice, synchronized in the first years. And so as the listening to fairy tale plates, distinctive voice and manner of the actor Hans Paetsch speaking charmed generations of children and their parents since the 60s, then Gerlach spoke with the invented and crowed him "Gud'n Aaamd" in the hearts of viewers. His mischievous, cheeky and brash males will always be with us.

Wolf Gerlach died in November 2012 at the age of 84 years.

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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