Tsuru Progress


My wooden crane sculpture is ready to be cast in bronze at Berkeley’s Artworks Foundry

I spent the past two days at Artworks Foundry putting final touches on my crane sculpture for our Tsuru project. After permanently connecting the 9′ wingspan to the 8′ body, I focused on patching seams, shaping final contours and finessing surface textures. Coating the entire surface with flat grey metal primer helped reveal any inconsistencies, the primer doubling as a leveling agent on the sculpture’s raised grain. A light sanding over the entire surface softened remaining sharp cuts, burnishing high spots in anticipation of the sculpture’s patina in bronze. I’m especially pleased at how the finished form reads as a clear, clean silhouette from a distance, but reveals more primitive hand-tooling upon closer scrutiny.