Monday 28 October 2013

This Month In Fibreglass: October 2013

It is statue or bust this month. An effigy special featuring Banksy's Ronald Mcdonald, a statue in the rain, naked and tied dog-humans and a devil horse, a tribute to the late Luis Jimenez.

Is This Clown Bothering You?

"Keep buffing, I'm lovin' it."

It's always nice to see top level artists using GRP, and from the man that has made so many non-fibreglass art works, it's Banksy the graffiti guy and his Ronald McDonald fibreglass statue with real life boot cleaning peasant. It (or more correct to say, they) have toured the McDonalds of New York in a "stick it to the corporation" style street art installation. No word as yet from the lawyers.

Alien Enjoys Cornish Weather

"Oh why didn't I just stay in the caravan?"
I am sure we have all felt like this chap, not only blue from cold but taking one in the face from a cloud
during a crappy autumn morning. I feel a certain affinity with him. Ukranian artist Nazar Bilyk has created this statue called "Rain". Nicely done from cold cast bronze, brass and other materials.

 I think the mould is almost as beautiful as the finished piece, so many sections.
 More mould pics here if, like me, you are impressed by super complicated multi-part moulds.


Rover wondered how his stag night ended like this
It's usually sad (and sometimes bemusing) when GRP gets stolen. In this case a social experiment in...???, Austrailian artists Gillie and Marc created 100 public sculptures of their famous dog / human hybrid. They tied them with dog collars and leads to sign posts on the streets of Sydney. Within hours they went walkies. Police don't have any leads. Sorry, about the obvious pun.
Click here to read the original story.

Devil Horse & A Tribute

Summoned directly from hell, but returning via Denver International
No fibreglass sculpture blog would be complete without a nod to one of the greatest sculptors of GRP, Luis Jimenez. His work includes the controversial 32ft tall horse outside Denver airport [above].
Some people believe the sculpture is cursed — pointing out that Jimenez was killed in 2006 when nearing completion, a portion fell off and severed an artery in his leg (it was completed by family members).
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is currently showing works by 72 U.S. Hispanic artists, including Jimenez's much shorter 2.7m tall "Man on Fire" [below]
 If fibreglass art is your thing, it doesn't get much better.

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