THE MAKING OF A MONUMENT
In the first phase of enlarging an 11" x 18" x 15" model of Rip Van Winkle into a life-size work, a steel armature (a skeleton, in essence) is first built to scale based on measurements of the plaster model as seen in the photographs above. This armature will support the cardboard "musculature" and clay "skin" that will subsequently be applied. In the above photos, artisans at PAW (Polich Art Works) Foundry in Rock Tavern, New York are seen building the armature.
A cardboard and styrofoam "musculature" is built around the completed armature. The plaster model can also be seen - it is from this small version that all the measurements for the life-sized reproduction are being taken.
Here the clay is being applied to the steel and cardboard support. Rip is being roughly massed out.
Massing out of Rip continues.
The artist begins work detailing the enlargement.
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