January 22-29, 2004
Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon has documented the entire process of creating a figurine of a newsboy and a life-size bronze sculpture. Watch the artist work through these posts. In this blog, she has also included information for students and teachers. In the previous post, we learned a little about adding a hand and newspaper.
If you are lost and want to go back to the chronological running list of posts, follow this link.
Looking back over the journal of this project, it has been almost three months since the start of the life-size newsboy. I began the life-size sculpture on November 8, 2004 and it is now six months since the beginning of the project – August 2004. The weeks between August and November were spent on research, finding a pose, learning about clothing of the period, finding an original pattern and sewing outfit of the time period, finalizing photos for reference, and creating the small newsboy sculpture in bronze.
It is wonderful to see the sculpture in such a state of completion. Although it is said, “artwork is never finished, only abandoned.”
Artistically, there are still some things I will do with the sculpture; however, I will do them in the next step, as I get the sculpture ready for the foundry, either as I prepare for the wax or in the wax. Most artists that I know send the sculpture off to the foundry at this stage; however, we will be doing the mold, and I’ll go to the foundry to do the wax so you will be able to watch that process as well. After that I’ll be sure to document the foundry process for the web site.
DUSTY SEES HIMSELF
It was so much fun to have Dusty come in and meet the sculpture in person. When I gave Dusty a hug, I couldn’t help but pull back and feel his shoulders. For a moment there I wished he could somehow have been in the studio the past three months, holding the pose, so I could see him when I needed to.Next week we will be working on the mold and waxes. According to our schedule we have until the end of the month to get the waxes to the foundry. That will give the foundry two months for the metal work. I’m hoping to have the final product by May 1st. The unveiling is May 19th.
With those extra 19 days, it gives us time to solve any problems that may occur and also to install the sculpture on our target date.
THE LEGISLATION PROCESS
We still don’t know when the Texas legislators will discuss our newsboy. Senator Whitmire prefiled the bill in December. The Texas Press Association, my client, is staying on top of that. I’ll be sure to post as soon as I hear something.
Now, we are going to enter the foundry process. It is a huge amount of work that starts with The Mold Making Process.