Edward Elgar - Elgar statuette in hydrocal


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    A few years back, my wife was looking for a bust of her favorite composer for the piano, and we realized that nobody has made busts of composers since the days of Brahms and Wagner. Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and a few 19th century greats ---no one from the 20th century. As a sculptor and music afficionado, I felt it was my duty to start making the molds. The finished sculptures are all hand cast and finished. Resin casts are rotate-cast hollow, then concrete or plaster-filled, burnished with a dremel and steel wool, and then patina'd. Rock-Hard wood castings and Hydrocal (high-density plaster) casts are hand finished (mostly filling air holes and rebuilding ears, etc.) then varnished and/or given a paint patina.

    The second photo shows his size against a custom yellow matchbook for my book, "The Devil's Laugh and Other Stories" available on Amazon. He is getting ready to conduct a copy of the Orchestra of the Paris Opera by Degas which I painted 37 years ago in France. You don't get the painting with the bust, however.

    This bust does not yet have a nameplate, which I must hand-letter etch onto black tin. It does not look as classy as this bust should be. So I have simply scrawled Elgar's name written on the bottom of the base, along with my signature.