The Labrador Looking Up sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS. Limited edition. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin (Limited Edition: 50) Price £1,880.
Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition: 50) Price £9,450.
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To purchase this Labrador Looking Up sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour and weight 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 Labrador Looking Up sculpture
George the labrador was a gorgeous old boy who sadly passed away a few weeks before I completed the commission. He is now memorialised in foundry bronze in his home, and will likely outlast us all. I enjoyed doing George very much as his owner had taken a large number of pictures of him throughout his life. Sifting through them I was able to enjoy his love of his family, and when I sculpted him I tried to capture George in his prime.
After taking George’s measurements I proceeded to model him in clay. I worked with the client to get him just right and once I’d sculpted him 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.