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Sculpture: Metal on Aluminium.
Most of the time I paint my sculpture maquettes black or leave the the natural color of aluminum. I do this so it is easier to read the form for the viewer. When it is built maybe it is not important to describe form as it is to make a landmark statement. This is where color comes in. Paint is very inexpensive and it puts the first impression in a whole new atmosphere.
I am very partial to building with steel rather than bronze or stainless steel because it is usually painted. It can be left to rust. I am always looking for the least amount of aggravation and this is the age of grafitti. If stainless steel or bronze is tagged it is pure calamity. It is almost impossible to remove graffitti with out damaging the patina which is extremely hard to redo. Stainless steel scratches very easy so removing graffitte is something for an expert to do not a maintenance person with a Brillo pad.
In the case of paint, a little hot dog roller and some paint and it is fixed. The other beauty in paint is the impact of the color is so great that it makes sense to change the color frequently. Remember the sculpture is your landmark billboard. Billboards change to keep the public interested. Absolute Vodka keeps changing their bottles and signage. When you drive to work you observe your surroundings. If the sculpture was to change colors it would be noticed which is a good thing.
If you like this piece you might like to see more. I have hundreds more in different styles and themes. Enter "Arfsten sculpture" in the search box in the upper right to see them.
This maquette is available for enlargement as are all the others in my maquette library. Please talk to me about enlargement as well as the additional fee.
If you have more interest in my sculpture there is a lot of it on you tube that shows it in the round with some conversation to explain things. Search “You Tube Richard Arfsten sculpture” also Pinterest “Richard Arfsten sculpture”.
I also have a lot more sculpture that I am trying to find the time to put here on Saatchi. Google Richard Arfsten sculpture and hit images on the top of the opening page.
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