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Bird Armature, [Plaster, Wire and Wood]

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Title

Bird Armature, [Plaster, Wire and Wood]

Subject

Animal sculpture--20th century

Description

Bird, armature, 1970
Metal and wood

These armatures and maquettes illustrate the common working practices of traditional figurative sculptors like Fredericks. He fashioned the armatures from flexible wire and sheet metal to support the clay he would then model over those forms. The maquettes are small studies for larger works. He modeled the two pterodactyl maquettes directly in wet plaster rather than using clay. Typically, the next step would be to create larger sketches, studies, scale and/or full size models in clay, then to make molds to cast the models in plaster. Finally he would use those plaster models as patterns for stone carving or to make molds for casts in bronze or aluminum.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1970

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Type

Armature

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Armature Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

6" x 6" x 7"

Materials

Metal
Wood

Catalog Number

1994.076

Object Location

Main Exhibit Gallery

Provenance

05/26/1994 gifted to MFSM