Boy, there could be a lot of these crypt artifacts. Better watch out!
This is something I found by searching old Web image archives on my backup drives, a photo of the T-shirt I designed to commemorate one of my greatest art undertakings ever, the infamous Cat Project (“The Light You See May be Your Own”). I sold or gave these away for years, still have a couple.
From the original publicity:
An exhibit of unique, one-of-a-kind cast solid bronze sculptures, each one incorporating a cast bronze cat skull (modified) as its head. Each piece is cast in several sections by the lost wax method and then welded together, forming one solid, seamless polished silicon bronze sculpture. The inspiration for this series came from the discovery of a very well preserved roadkill cat skull found by the side of the road near the Zoo Pilot Studio building. A two-piece flexible rubber mold was made from the original skull and wax positives were then cast from the mold. After extensive tooling and modification (adding horns, fangs, etc.), the wax heads were ready to be cast in bronze, along with the custom-fabricated wax body parts.
I actually received an arts council grant for producing this series of sculptures. My melting furnace was entirely handmade from a couple sections of steel pipe, the shell of a car muffler, half an oil drum, a blower motor, and a bag of refractory cement. I fed propane gas into this contraption through a length of copper tubing. It was quite the pleasing controlled explosion to fire it up, and it roared like a jet engine when I got it adjusted right. A large crucible of scrap bronze chunks would melt in about 15 minutes. Even with a respirator, I must have breathed in enough zinc fumes to galvanize my sinuses. Wild times! If you’ve never poured molten metal, you ought to try it sometime.
To open a small window to watch a grainy, eternally-looping animated GIF of just four of the many pieces I produced about a dozen years ago, click on the tiny horned obelisk:
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