Working Night and Day

Let me catch everyone up on the progress at the studio. We have been so busy working it is hard to write blog posts. The foam of John Turner came back.  As I may have said, this foam is taken is from the small maquette that we scanned. Seems like a lot of work to do to get an enlargement that is really very vague in form.  The reason it is like this is that milling can’t capture everything and the more time on the mill the more it costs. Also, what works as something small does not always work as something large.  I can hardly wait to get my hands on the foam, it is here that everything comes to life. The foam and the maquette did two things.

  • Gave us a pose from which to work. 
  • Helped us enlarge the sculpture in a more timely matter. 

What we do with the foam.

  • Secure the foam together using spray foam insulation
  • Carve foam to give detail
  • Cut foam and change positions of appendages to get a better movement of overall design
  • Put a layer of wax on the foam
  • Put a fine layer of clay on the foam
  • Cut pieces again and arrange. 
CNC foam and 3D technology - enlarging sculpture using technology
The foam came right before the Christmas Party.  We
hurriedly stuck him together so others could see our intent.
This picture was taken around December 10th. 
clay sculpture on a 3D cnc foam armature by Texas, artist Bridgette Mongeon
This image was taken January 14th. Still much to do.
We changed a lot of things since this picture.  

This is a sculpture created of John Turner for the city of Frisco. The entire project is documented on a project blog at

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