Tag 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.

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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

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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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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Maman (original)

Giant Spider Sculpture, London,

Flickr photo originally uploaded

by Steve Greaves

Location: Tate Gallery, London , UK (on long term loan)

Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, bronze and marble, 1999

Quoted from wikipedia:

Maman…which resembles a spider, is over 30ft high, with a sac containing marble eggs. Besides the stainless steel version on long-term loan to the Tate Modern, London, there are several bronze casts, located at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo; Samsung Museum of Modern Art (Leeum), Seoul; Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, Havana, Cuba; and soon (2009) Des Moines, Iowa USA.

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The Original Maman at the Tate Gallery, London (photo by .Andrew Dunn.)

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One bronze cast at Ottawa, Canada (photo originally uploaded by derek farr (detroit derek)

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Another in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan (photo originally uploaded by kleinmatt66)

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…while one is in Bilbao, Spain (photo originally uploaded by scbushnell)

In Search of Reason


In Search of Reason

Originally uploaded by f.p.o.

Location: Board Walk, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante; bronze, (year?)

Quoted from an article in SouthWest Flair:

He (Bustamante) also likes to put a heady dose of playfulness—and magic—into his work. His monumental bronze sculpture, “In Search of Reason,” along the malecon (the boardwalk) beach at Puerto Vallarta stands sixty feet high and has a ladder that visitors can climb. “I like getting people to interact with it, with my art,” says Bustamante of the sculpture, which features one of his internationally known figures at the bottom of the staircase-ladder reaching up toward two smaller triangular-headed figures who are about halfway up the ladder that reaches into the sky. “It’s about freedom.”

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Detail shot: originally uploaded by raelb

Piss

Location: Franz Kafka Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
Sculpture by David Černý, bronze, 2004(?)

Quoted from an article by Jeffrey Fleishman of LA Times:
Cerny’s …project is a sculpture of two bronze naked men. They have swivel hips and, facing each other, they urinate into a pool shaped like the Czech map, writing famous Czech sayings in the water. One is by Kafka: ‘Prague is beautiful but it has claws.’

“There’s a Czech idiom about ‘peeing over somebody,’ which I guess translated into English would be to ‘get one over on somebody.’ That’s what the peeing men mean. It’s the way our country behaves,” he said.

Cerny sat near the sculpture the other day. “Oh, it still works,” he said. “You know there’s a computer underneath and you can send phone text messages and the men will pee them…

…Yeah, I’m a prankster,” he said. “It would be nice at the moment when I’m dying if I could say to myself, ‘You know, someone enjoyed something I did.’ Why not?”

Controversy Rating: High

Recommended! For a 360° view of ‘Piss,’ click here. To view a Youtube video of it, click here.

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Detail shot: flickr photo originally uploaded by iLoveButter