Abuelo's restaurants - Central Plaza statuary
Nine sets of figures were cast, mounted, and metallized with a mixture of bronze and polyester resin. They were then shipped off and installed as the center of their respective highly decorated dining room.
I spent decades spanning the gap between art and craft before I committed myself to remodeling, and the sense of accomplishment one gets being involved in such projects is indeed great, but is very often dampened by the void in management that surrounds short run productions. The lack of consistency in sculpture work usually pales in contrast to the short sighted way in which many art projects cobbled together. It can be unclear if one is exceptional at something or just the last one standing. In any event, there are many lessons in assessing ones limitations to be had in these kinds of jobs. There were three companies involved in the promotion of these sculptures, and they each dissolved during the year or so these were produced. I have no regrets, but I am grateful to have the stability of home repair and remodeling these days.
The original bronze figure, coated in pigmented rubber and still mounted its base. The larger figure is separated from the child figure in order to be molded for resin casting.
The uprighted mold in its rigid polar bear themed shell.