This plaster sculpture was completed in less than a month using mainly tree branches for the armature and linen strips soaked in plaster for the body. Only the head and legs required more detailed modelling. The sculpture was inspired by a ram that I looked after for several years and shown in a typical pose when it expected bread to be thrown from the nearby hotel balcony. Created in the Black Forest, Germany 2009.
Below the initial thoughts on how the sculpture might look with an armature.
The armature (below) created from tree branches wrapped in plaster soaked gauze and mounted to a wooden palette.
An intermediate stage (below) showing the ram's form beginning to take shape.
Once finished my intension was for the sculpture to be installed outside and left untreated, where over time weather would degrade it, fusing it with its environment. However others felt it should be cast in bronze. Being a very complex form I felt that was unrealistic. The hard, cold metal surface would also not portray the feeling of soft wool like white plaster. Nevertheless I created the image below (cast alloy) so that we could get a quote for making one in bronze. The quote came in at around 30,000 euros, which thankfully ended that discussion. However, visiting the factory in Pforzheim where the work would have been done was fascinating and it gave me a great insight into the complexities and skills required for bronze casting.