This is a commissioned art project. It consists of two ten feet tall olive trees sculpted from cast and fabricated bronze.
This is the process of making an olive tree in cast and fabricated/welded bronze. First i draw out the tree as a rough template with all the size measurements. I will sculpt two trees on either side of a fountain where the branches join and mingle at the top. I'm doing all of the wax work in my studio and then bringing the waxes to the bronze foundry to be cast. The trunk and main branches i'm casting in sections then i'l weld them together. The finished trees will be patinad in colors and lacquered.
Here I have sculpted the tree in wax parts.
Some of the bronze tree parts back from the foundry.
The bronze tree parts laid out and ready for welding.
The olive leaves and olives were made from a sheet of silicon bronze. after the shapes were plasma cut in the sheet the parts were pressed with dies that i hand made. They were pressed in a 20 ton shop press then welded, ground, polished and welded again onto the branches.
A blog on my sculpture and sculpting process.