There are two ways to use this technique:
Direct mode â Consists of creating a wax model and using it to make a clay mold. By making two holes in the mold, one at the top and one at the bottom, the wax is heated and the molten bronze is poured into place. A model identical to that of wax is obtained.
Indirect way â It resembles the first method, but the wax model is made on another clay so that the final statue is empty inside (or better, it only contains clay to limit the weight and amount of metal used) .
The lost wax technique, for the fusion of hollow statues or large bronze statues, was known since antiquity. Among the best preserved ancient examples, made with this technique, there are the Riace Bronzes, of the classical era. The technique went into disuse during the Middle Ages, remaining alive only in the Byzantine Empire. Bronze castings of small objects were always practiced, but they were nevertheless âfullâ works, unthinkable on large dimensions.
How are your works born?
Not all works are born in the same way but, generally, they are the whole of: information, images and feelings that I perceive every day. Then, at any moment, they explode and become form, and thatâs where I work to become matter. The sculpture is based on the doubt of existence, of its reality: I observe, after I exist!
What are the three main qualities that, according to you, must possess a sculptor?
Constance, faith and patience.
What advice would you give to those who want to dedicate themselves to sculpture?
If you really want to do it, let yourself go to create, but knowing and being aware of the difficulty that art represents. It is a vocation because it is given in spirit, body and mind. For me it is almost a giving to the divine and becoming an instrument.