A local newspaper article on my butterfly commission.
Here is a photo of the metal butterfly sculpture finished and installed in Aptos, Ca.
During the last few decades, the utilization of metal and steel for art sculpture has become progressively normal. We see them outside government schools, buildings, malls, and other public structures. Mirror-polished stainless-steel sculptures are very well known in public art projects because of their adaptable fabrication, alluring finishing, and exceptional capacity to resist heat damage and corrosion.
Not just are the outcomes of custom metal sculpture fabrication exceptional and lovely, however the durability, malleability, and relative reasonableness of most metals have brought about numerous architects utilizing them to make beautifying sculptures for a wide range of design projects. In this blog, we'll clarify how they are fabricated in shops.
How Is Custom Metal Sculpture Fabrication Done?
Albeit the word sculpture’ summons pictures of a singular artist making wizardry out of a large block of marble, the custom metal sculpture fabrication process has many moving parts and will in general be a collaboration including engineers, architects, and metal fabrication experts.
The process starts by styling your steel. Utilizing software with CAD and CAM combination, design experts make 2D profiles of the different pieces that will ultimately form the completed sculpture. Then, at that point, the proper material is chosen, with corrosion resistance being a fundamental component for welded metal artwork that will be put outside.
Despite the fact that there are various ways of cutting the metal parts for use in a sculpture, computer numerical control (CNC) plasma cutters support more noteworthy accuracy and more exact outcomes. They are associated with a computer, which is outfitted with the previously mentioned design software and coordinates the plasma torch along the ideal toolpath. The cutter utilizes concentrated electrical currents to slice through electrically conductive metals while high-velocity gas eliminates the melted material from the space, guaranteeing a cleaner cut.
Contingent upon the ideal result, the cut metal would then be able to be shaped utilizing at least one of the accompanying fabrication innovations.
Assuming appropriately fabricated, metal sculptures will endure for the long haul in basically all climate conditions. In the event that you are an architect, your task will accomplish the best outcomes assuming you work with a custom metal fabricator with the bits of knowledge and experience required to transform a useful material like metal into a lovely masterpiece.
Pierre Riche - The Metal Sculpture Fabrication Expert
Pierre Riche is known for his best welded metal artwork since 1992. Pierre endeavours to make the most exciting and unique sculpture, functional art and welded metal artwork conceivable.
At Pierre Riche Art, our metal shaping abilities incorporate custom metal sculpture fabrication for architects and other design experts. By talented use of rolling, twisting, and welding processes, we make custom shapes that are accurately matched to your details and do justice to your unique artistic vision.
We have dealt with many sculptures and can deal with projects that require the accompanying:
This steel face sculpture is the start to a series. The theme and message of the series is still being developed. This metal art face sculpture was designed to either hang on a wall or on a stand. This one is titled "Iron Face".
On this small welded metal art figure sculpture I applied an acrylic metal stain. It allows the metal to show through in light layers and can be layered up for a darker color. When the stain has dried I apply a clear coat lacquer over the top to seal it.
Whether it's a stainless steel or mild steel welded metal figure sculpture I'm starting, it all begins with the armature. It's very helpful to have accurate anatomical measurements for the bone structure. It will look awkward if this is not done right.
I TIG weld the stainless, which is very finicky to get to weld. the steel gets oxyacetylene welded which is fairly easy but took allot of practice.
Sierra Azul plant nursery holds a jurried sculpture show every year. They always have a beautiful plack made with the local newspaper article on it. My sculpture "The Crown She Wears" was featured in it.
Here you see a new sculpture being started. There is about 2 hrs work done. I have developed the habit of diligently clocking my sculpting time so I can look back when it is finished to see how long it actually took to make.
The computer screen shows my subject matter. I am careful not to shoot hot metal onto the screen and damage it.
I have used the MIG welder and oxyacetylene welding torch here to suggest movement, muscle and mass as I build up the material.
The first application of material is crude and bulky held together with tack welds. The next phase is to use the torch. by making the metal parts red hot and ductile I can bend in, twist, hammer and shape the form to resemble the character I'm looking for,
The foot or base of the pose must be strong enough to withstand the manipulation to come.
The latest large scale welded metal horse sculpture from Pierre Riche Art titled "Salvaged Horse" receives 3 awards at the 135th Santa Cruz county fair. The awards are best in show, best in division (sculpture) and first place award.
This is A slideshow video page by page of my first art book featuring only selected works made between 2014 and 2018. A brief statement accompanies each sculpture so you might want to pause the video as it goes to read through it.
A blog on my sculpture and sculpting process.