The Reader Sculpture by Christophe Jeunot

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Art Description

Sculpture: Environmental, Found Objects, Metal, Clay on Cardboard, Steel, Wood, Other.

The Reader

I love books and reading. Reading changes you and takes you places.

This particular art piece turned out beautifully. It is one of my favorites. I particularly love the aging and oxidized patina. Any art collector needs to be aware that it is a sturdy piece with heavy and light components. Therefore I would recommend special care when opening the shipping package.

Here is the process how I made 'The Reader':
I did a multitude of sketches and picked the one I liked. I usually do this early morning. Then, I scanned the document and printed a blueprint to the dimensions I wanted. I did the legs with recycled cardboard, added a strong frame of 1/8 steal rods for the inside and shaped the rest of the body with more rods. I then sculpted the head and the body with plaster. When dry, I coated the full piece with a thick layer of Cyanoacrylate. Then I anchored it into a heavy cement base (14.5x6.5 inches) and applied two coats of primer seals for a maximum coverage and protection, followed by two to three metal coatings of ground metal suspended in a non-toxic water based binder. To accelerate the process of aging I then worked the natural oxidation with Dye-Oxide patinas. I let it rest for a few days for the aging of the ground metal to reach maturation.
I love nature and in my hikes or bike rides in the forest or canyons I always pick up the litter I find. I guess this habit transferred into my art process. I refer to this as Recycling-Art or Trash-Art... made with everything we discard and dress as a beautiful art piece. I hope you will enjoy your new acquisition as much as I did creating it. Take good care of it and it will gain in value every year.

Thank you and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Christophe Jeunot


The Reader

Christophe Jeunot

United States


Size: 16 W x 28.5 H x 3 in

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