New School from the Old School


New School of fish that is. This group of three wax fish accompanied me to the foundry; over the course of the next while they will be followed by another seven fish. I spent all day every day for the last four days pulling four fish in various poses, reassembling them, and chasing them out. Only three came together in time for the trip to the foundry.  Making each fish have a unique bend requires draping each side of the silicon mother mold over a curved surface and hand painting in 7 or 8 layers of hot liquid wax, then creating an extra section of fish to fill the expansion of the long outer curve, seaming the whole thing together, adding all the fins from their own separate molds, and making each fish perfect so that the foundry can cut them apart for casting, after which I will weld them back together, chase out the welds, and patina them.

I also brought down the mold for the wax stream/hoop that they swim through for the foundry to pull wax forms from, as that is just a straight wax pull.

All of this fishy business is for a new commission from the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. Along 2100 South, between the sites of the two previous runs of trout-  the new school will run through the redesigned Monument Plaza in Sugar House. This is the best kind of commission: the client likes your previous work for them and out of the blue calls and asks for more to place in a great new location.


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