Photo by John Page  (Click to enlarge)



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A maquette for DANCING PARTNERS.

'Dancing Partners' was an experimental endeavor to make a large pair of fish, dance on their tails. It was to be made out of beaten and welded copper. You have probably seen numerous examples of copper sculpture. Normally soldered, and occasionally welded, this aspect of the making process is usually very visible.

I set out to see what would happen if you treated thin copper sheet as if it were mild steel (ie car panels) or bronze - in the sense of welding and dressing back the metal in order to hide the welding work. In essence - to see if I could make something so that the process was not visible.

This technique would also allow much lighter work - as seen in the DANCING FISH which 'fly' on their stainless steel rods. They are moved by even a small breeze.

The making process for the big fish was inside-out and backwards. It was important to have a maquette to give an idea of what the form of the fish would be, and how the 'dancing' would work.

The DANCING FISH are made of bronze in the traditional lost wax method, and the stainless is inserted during finishing.


Location: Indoor

Size: Small

Dimensions: Maquette size: 12 cm W x 22cm L x 28cm H [fish: 10cm x 4cm x 4cm]

Medium: Bronze & Slate Duet

Edition size: Edition of 25

Collection: Private & Artist's Collections

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