I mentioned that I was taking a cement sculpture course – well, we started last week, and it was so much fun, that I’m already thinking about what my next cement project will be!
The instructor, Dev, owns an art gallery in Point aux Piments (at the start of the road that leads to the Maritim Hotel).
Dev taught art at a tertiary level for many years before deciding to become a full-time sculptor, and over time has created a garden full of, sometimes whimsical, sometimes historical, sculptures.
He asked us to bring clay sculptures of our projects to the first class, so I made my first one ever, based on a statue we bought in Bangkok:
Dev had tables set up under the banyan tree:
It was also where some of my classmates decided to play Tarzan:
Because my sculpture required the simplest armature, he used it as an example, and made the whole thing (another reason I need to make another statue – I want to have a go!):
In addition to providing strength, the wire will give the cement something to grab on to.
Finally, I actually got to do some work – painting the armature with metal primer to prevent rust :
Looks quite good as it is – I’m a little nervous about the cement stage – the clay was easy to work with – I hope the cement is too.
We’ll see come Thursday!