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Grape Plant Sculpture,instudio by ou8nrtist2 Grape Plant Sculpture,instudio by ou8nrtist2
Almost done,
High relief wall panel for the foyer of American Agricultural Credit,a bank that gives loans to local wineries.This is for the lobby of their new headquarters.It's about 8' wide by 5' high.this sculpture will be the first thing one sees when entering the building.It will be mounted on the wall behind the massive 10'wide circular reception desk.
All forged and welded steel.Leaves are laser-cut blanks in three sizes,then forged and shaped by hand.I'll do some heat patina work on the leaves to give it some more color,then a clear spray on lacquer as a sealer...
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I dig this. Totally cool!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional
I am so inspired by the Natural world...
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I go there occasionally :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional
Ha! Me too,but not as much as I used to.In the studio most all the time now...or my garden.
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Abramo7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I look forward to seeing it's completion.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional
We install on Tuesday.
I hope to take some pictures for the archives at that time.
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Abramo7 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I look forward to seeing them.
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Abramo7 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Okay but in the meantime here's the [link] to my profile page. Check out my journal. I have one metal sculpture to my name. My steampunk bed. I hope you like it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional
Very cool...
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Abramo7 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome.
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Abramo7 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks.
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really enjoying how clean the laser cuts are on the grape leaves.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional
Water-jet works equally well but without a burnt edge.(Metal)Fabrication technologies are advancing at an incredible rate,soon there will be (truly)portable backpack plasma cutters.Bank robbers are gonna go nuts...LOL
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional
Thanks Kuzy.
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Msmeakochan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I love this!! D8 Omg laser cutting is like butter!! 8) This looks gorgeous! How many hours of work was this! I love the flow and the twisting of the vines! -agreed on your above comment- :3 i love being a jack o all trades and love expanding my repertoire
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional
Forging the stalks into twists took the longest time,(6 hrs),but I had done a bunch of them all at once a few years ago in anticipation of projects like this in the future and as a sample to show clients.Forging 50 of the leaves into realistic shapes took me and my partner about 3 hours.Then cleaning all the mill-scale and rust off each leaf took another 8 hours.The weld up of all the parts took a day,and now today I'll do a heat patina to all the leaves and grape clusters and weld on mounting brackets.I hope to deliver the piece tomorrow at noon cause i need to get paid!
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Msmeakochan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
8) This is so exciting! I love seeing how much work goes into each piece. Process is such a huge part. 8) WOW!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
I've got a tentative meeting scheduled later this month to meet with the corporate honchos at their head quarters which is about a mile from the office complex location where this sculpture is.It's possible they'll want an outdoor work in stainless...I hope.
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Msmeakochan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooooooooooo i hope too! That is exciting! Tell me how it turns out!
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4ofwands Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
One of my first jobs with the smith I studied with in my teens was forging grape leaves out of 1/2" bar stock... Wish I had a laser cut doohickey back then! This is way cool.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional
The knowledge and experience to forge a leaf from scratch is an invaluable lesson,but with many modern technologies,it's not something that needs to be done again and again.Still it's a critical and strategic choice when to use the easy way and when it's still better to do it the hard way.Knowing how to do both expands the artist's repertoire and creative"bag-o-tricks"...
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4ofwands Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
I understand the process these days. Learning basics through spaced repetition and all. Back then I thought he was just being a royal butt. I saw him again a couple years ago and thanked him for the lesson. It was more than just the creation process. it was attention to detail and thousands of other lessons I learned that summer. Mostly from forging over a hundred grape leaves. (I wish I had pictures of that gate!)

I've used the same techniques I learned then on things like replicating old firearm parts and modern art mobiles.

Alchemy, smithing, sculpting... If it doesn't change you, you're doing it wrong.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional
I had that relationship with my old man for 19 years.He was an extremely hard task master and tougher on me than anyone else.But like you, later in life I was able to see the truth and efficacy of his training.He was trying to cultivate,integrity,discipline,craftsmanship,and even spirituality,and to instruct me on why these values are important,and how to instill them in the work.I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to honor his gifts and to thank him for the training before he passed...
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional
cool
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional
Thank you Bear...
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