Creating monumental sculpture is a big undertaking and Bridgette, her assistants, and associates have conquered the best of them. From the Grambling Tiger to a fanciful Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party, Bridgette works with clients to find their vision and bring it to physical form. The results are astounding. They make a statement, and many people will celebrate them for years to come.
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Monumental Sculpture Highlights
How do I start with a commission of a monumental statue?
The first part of the process is for the collector to approach the artist with a vision. It may be as simple as a thought or an idea. If you have a committee, take a consensus of what they want. Remember to ask the committee what they are trying to portray. What feel do you want to get from this finished piece of art? Also, when you are seeing the sculpture complete is it raised on a pedestal, or do you want people to interact with the sculpture? The clearer your vision is, the quicker the process.
It is crucial to understand that creating a monumental takes time. The artist can attempt to meet desired deadlines, but because of the lengthiness of the sculpting process, trying to get monumental sculptures completed and installed in less than a year will be impossible. The sculpting process takes time, as does the casting process. Follow along on some of the blog posts below. They document each step and process. To start, give the sculptor a call or fill out the contact form. Describe your idea. If you have samples or links to other similar sculptures that you like this is helpful to clarify your vision. Once these initial steps are completed, we will be well on our way to creating your masterpiece.
What is the cost of a monumental sculpture?
The cost of creating a monumental sculpture depends on many variables. Bridgette has an extensive investigation and budgeting process used to make the creation of her clients vision easier and efficient.
The artist must take into account several factors.
- How much time will it take to create the sculpture?
- How does the time frame of the client fit into her time frame as well as those of her vendors?
- How big is the sculpture? Is another facility needed?
- How much bronze will it take to create this sculpture? Is the vision clear enough to get an accurate estimate?
- Will the artist or foundry need an engineer?
- How will the artist install the artwork? What is the cost of a foundation or pedestal for the work? What are the details of the delivery?
- Will the client and artist require permits to move and install?
It feels like a lot to think about, but don't worry. Bridgette can help you with every step.
You have done a lot of these pieces. What can you suggest to make our process proceed smoothly ?
To make the creation of a monumental statue run smoothly, here are some suggestions.
- Gather information recommended on this page.
- If using a committee keep it small.
Smaller committees can take action and make decisions quicker.
- Have one person be the point of contact with the artist. Designating one person to act as a liaison between artist and committee makes things run smoothly and communication be effective and efficient.
- Be ready to sign contracts, make approvals, and answer questions. Moving these things through quickly means the artist's team can continue working.
- Know your budget and research how to cut checks for the artist during different portions of the work. Open the channels for payments. Some schools have special requirements for vendors.
- Find other vendors that your team may need. A few examples are landscape crews, maintenance, legal, accounting, and requisitions.
- Are you a not for profit or can you float your job through a not for profit organization? This will help with the sales tax.
- Be ready for a long, but fruitful and inspirational journey. Be open as you watch the job morph from idea to masterpiece.
What should I have to start the process?
Below is a checklist for talking with the artist. Having these things handy will make your initial consultation easier.
- Know your budget.
- Have a vision. Include several links to samples of pieces you like or the competition if it is a mascot.
- Develop a consensus for the “feel“ of the art within your committee or family.
- Develop a consensus on the interaction of visitors with the art.
- Have a malleable time frame or different dates of completion.