The great civilizations of the old world worked in bronze for art and weaponry. The first were the Greeks who were the first to scale their bronze figures up to life size. The ancient civilizations of China, Rome and Egypt, all knew the art of both ‘lost-wax bronze casting’ and section mould bronze casting.’ Making bronzes is a highly skilled art.
The Sculptura collection of bronze sculptures is impressive and inspirational.
These bronze sculptures are influenced by many sources and are designed and created by award-winning and internationally renowned artists.
The Sculptura range of bronze sculpture is sure to provide an imaginative edge to either your own home, a new development project or even a corporate building lobby in need of an outstanding piece of art. Whether it’s a contemporary bronze sculpture, a figurative bronze sculpture or perhaps an amazing bronze animal sculpture in the Sculptura range is sure to please.
Bronze sculpture history is steeped in the practices of several ancient civilizations. This includes Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Rome. China’s Shang Dynasty is known for using the lost-wax casting technique and section moulding to create larger bronze sculpture statues. In ancient Asian cultures, bronze was often used to produce small votive statues and ritual vessels. The ancient Greeks were the first to produce full-sized figures. Western bronze sculpture statuary practices receded during medieval times when most architecture and sculptures were made using stone and wood. The Renaissance sparked an interest in the practice and saw a rise in the technology used to make replica bronze sculpture artworks. The Industrial Revolution further advanced these tools, allowing artists to create bronze sculptures in easy-to-produce editions.
Bronze is made by melting two different metals and mixing them. The two metals mixed are copper and tin. Copper, by itself, is too soft to use. Tin is too brittle: it breaks too easily. But if you mix a bit of tin into the copper, it becomes bronze, which is much harder and at the same time, less brittle. This is a good combination for making bronze sculptures.
The most common method for making a bronze sculpture is through the lost-wax casting process. Artists start by crafting a model of their sculpture in clay. They then mould wax on top of it. Another clay layer is added before heating. When the wax melts away, molten bronze is added between the layers of clay. Once the bronze cools, the sculptor chisels away the top clay layer and scrapes the initial clay model away from the inside. To produce large bronze sculptures, artists cast the work in pieces before welding it all together. After the bronze sculpture is finished, it is polished. Corrosive materials and other metals may be added to the surface. This will form a patina.
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