The Humpback Whales sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Attitudes’ sculpture range. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 25) Price £675. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £1,800. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
Size: H:240 W:350 D:180 mm, H:9 W:14 D:7 inches
To purchase this Humpback Whales sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.
Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.
Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.
Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.
The intention behind the Humpback Whales sculpture
Creating the Humpback Whales sculpture was about representing the strong bond between the mother whale and the calf, which exists for many years as the calf grows up. I’m fascinated by the animal world and the complex and powerful emotional connections that can be found there. I feel that if people can be inspired to love and admire these beautiful creatures, they will protect them and their habitats better.
Once I’d sculpted the Humpback Whales sculpture in wax a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.