Category Archives: Bronze statues

Robert Frost


Originally uploaded by abbybatchelder

Location: copies of this statue are found across the USA particularly in university and college campuses

Sculpture by: George Lundeen, bronze

Quoted from the article “Behind the Bronze” in theclockonline:
“I was in that house [Robert Frost’s house in New Hampshire] and they have kind of a wooden easy chair there,” Lundeen explained. “There was a picture next to it of him (Frost) sitting in that chair.”
The inspiration for Plymouth’s statue and its 20 other copies scattered around the United States came from the “desk” that Frost had set up on the chair to write on.
“He put a board across the arms of the chair and there was a hole with a stick through it to keep it up,” Lundeen said. “What I did for the piece was use that board, propped up with that stick… I thought that it really worked well.”
A bronze statue made at life-size takes approximately a year to complete. Lundeen explained that for the first four to six months a clay piece, approximately the size of the final product is used to achieve a good overall appearance.
“When you see a life size piece like that, you need a good silhouette that will greet people,” Lundeen said.
From there it takes a month to develop the mold for the sculpture and another two or three months to cast and finish the artwork.

photo sharing (respect artists copyrights)

One statue in Plymouth State University (flickr pic originally uploaded by misterbisson)

flickr pic originally uploaded by Josh Fields (Plymouth State University)

This one is in Colorado University (flickr pic originally uploaded by Photoman Dan)…

….while this statue is in Dartmouth College (flickr pic originally uploaded by adam.riggall)

Detail shot originally uploaded by misterbisson

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Aurora


Flickr pic originally uploaded

by Always_be_closing

Location: Crystal mall, Burnaby BC, Canada

Sculpture by: Colin Kwok, bronze

Quoted from geocities.com:
Trained as an architect but passionate as a bronze sculptor, Colin was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design: “We are primarily interested in Art that is still Art. You can pick it up and move it in a thousand years half way across the world and people can still appreciate it. This means that it is both specific to a purpose and that it has enough passion and depth to contain multiple meanings. Our strength is in finding and expressing the essence of a project while keeping all of this in mind. Our aspirations are to make Art that is about life.”

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Detail pic originally uploaded by shoutwithjoy

St. Jerome the Priest


Flickr pic originally uploaded by Karon

Location: Sheridan Circle ( Massachusetts Ave. & 24th ), the Croatian Embassy, Washington D.C., USA

Sculptor: Ivan Mestrovic, bronze, 1954

From kittytours.org:
Jerome (341-420) was born in Stridon, Croatia and became a noted clerical scholar. He later moved to Bethlehem and wrote numerous commentaries on the Bible. He is credited with being the first to translate the Bible from Hebrew into Latin…This statue originally sat on the grounds of the Franciscan Abbey, but was moved to its present location in front of the Croatian Embassy after the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the creation of the Croatian state.

About Mestrovic (from wikipedia):
Ivan Meštrović was a Croatian sculptor…(He is said to) be the greatest sculptor of religious subject matter since the Renaissance, the first living person to have a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Applied Art: Benches (Part 1)

From Wikipedia:

Applied art refers to the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use. Whereas fine arts serve as intellectual stimulation to the viewer or academic sensibilities, the applied arts incorporate design and creative ideals to objects of utility, such as a cup, magazine or decorative park bench…

Here are some public benches and seats from some parts of the world that were given a bit of artistic twist:

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Blue Carpet (detail) By Thomas Heatherwick, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK (flickr photo originally uploaded by Tony Worral)

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Bench/Chair in the form of hands found in a subway in Taipei, Taiwan (flickr photo originally uploaded by joeychiu)

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“Six Part Seating” by Scott Burton, red granite, (shot taken at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Washington, DC, 2008 and originally uploaded by kimberlyfaye for flickr)

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Seats resembling electric chairs (detail): It is one of the artistic benches found along Paseo De Reforma, a main avenue of Mexico City, Mexico (flickr pic originally uploaded by aaaminicabs)

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‘Eye Benches’ by Louise Bourgeois at Agnes R. Katz Plaza, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (flickr shot originally uploaded by hanneoria)

Cow Sculptures Around the World (Part 1)

From a post on “Cow Parade” in nancysgifts:

The cow is an animal we all love. Cows are nurturing, whimsical, quirky, and never threatening. Cows provide the milk that fosters our development, and milk is the basis of beloved childhood treats like ice cream. In short, everyone loves cows!

Public sculptures on cows are found all over the world.  Here are just some of them:

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Psychedelic Cow: One of the many cow art in Cow Parade traveling exhibit.  The original molds used for the cow statues were by Swiss artist, Pascal Knapp (Photo taken in Lisbon, Portugal in 2006; originally uploaded by The Man in Blue)

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Melting Cow: Another cow sculpture (fiberglass) that was part of the Cow Parade traveling exhibit (Photo taken in Budapest 2006 and uploaded by loungerie for flickr).

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“Cow Up a Tree” by Australian artist, John Kelly. Photo of this whimsical bronze sculpture was taken in the Melbourne Docklands, Australia in 2006; originally uploaded by chaddles for flickr.

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Bronze statue of a calf drinking water: Photo taken in Gstaad, Switzerland; Originally uploaded by douglasamcintosh for flickr

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“Vache Paysage (Le Grand)” by French artist, François-Xavier Lalanne, bronze:  Cow sculpture whose cutout torso frames a view of the classical house of the duke of Devonshire in Derbyshire, UK. This is a part of the 2007 Sotheby’s “Beyond Limits” exhibition in the historic Chatsworth grounds.  (Photo originally uploaded by Boffin PC for flickr).

Postscript: There will be “moo”-re cow sculptures in future posts.

Rafaga Unleashed

Originally uploaded by The Blue Quasar

Location: Pier 8, Waterfront, Hamilton, Canada

Design Team: Veronica de Nogales Leprevost and Edwin Dam, bronze and stainless steel, 2004

The design team for this sculpture also included designers from Kubes Steel Ltd. headed by company president, Joe Kubes. Quoted from an article “Nerves of Steel:One stunning example in (Kubes’) company portfolio is the Hamilton Waterfront sculpture known as “Ráfaga – Unleashed”, an installation erected by Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales this past year, located at Pier 8 alongside the Canada Marine Discovery Centre. Kubes describes the sculpture as “a 60-foot sail made of stainless steel,” but it is also a testament to the talent of his team and their ability to blend grace, strength and design perfection. Because no welding was allowed at the pier, the huge steel abstract was created in three parts at the plant, and machined to fit together perfectly once on-site. The resulting sculpture looks as if it’s about to take flight — and Kubes remains tight-lipped about the process, saying only, “a little bending can make a lot of difference.”

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photo courtesy of OlaNowak

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The Kiss


The Kiss

Originally uploaded by ststok

Location: Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, Texas

Sculpture by Charles Umlauf, bronze, 1970

Quoted from wikipedia:
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a museum and outdoor sculpture garden centered around the artistic works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf…In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf donated their home, studio, and 168 Umlauf sculptures to the City of Austin. Six years later, in 1991, the city built a museum to display the artwork on adjoining city property with private funds…

Quoted from Texas Home & Living:
The Kiss, a bronze that Umlauf created in 1970, pulls the eye to the central pond. As viewers slowly circle the water, textured with Louisiana iris and water cannas, the sculpture fully reveals itself…

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