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I am doing some research on a concrete bridge in Illinois that has lions in high bas relief on the

bascules. It was built in 1906 and we are applying for national register status. My question is

if the reliefs are artistic in quality or just some craftsman quality decoration. If you search:

(hoffman estates lion bridge )a site called historic bridges will come up with a digital photo

array of the bridge. Any feedback you can give would be greatly appreciated.

         Thank You, Randy

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Hi Randy

I'm not sure that I fully understand the question.  Are you asking whether or not the lions were sculpted by an artist, or produced from some existing mold?  

I couldn't tell you if they are/were available for other purposes, but they were certainly sculpted by an artist at some point.  The likelihood is that they were sculpted out of clay or plaster, then molded and cast in concrete.  

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I can answer questions in reference to bronze casting (the lost wax process & copper alloys) & finishing. I can also answer questions about sculpture in general including: armature building, clay construction (plastalines and oil-based clays), fabrication, TIG arc welding (including aluminum), metal chasing and finishing, patination, and wax sculpture construction (including modeling waxes, casting waxes, and sprue waxes). I also have a limited knowledge of copyright law as it pertains to the fine art maker and his/her work. I do not claim to have any particular knowledge in the fields of bronze art antiquities and their values, or the value of work created by specific artists or their processes.

Experience

I have been working with bronze for over a decade and a half. I studied the lost wax process in college, went on to study the art abroad in Cortona Italy, and continued as an apprentice at the Johnson Atelier in Trenton, NJ. My love for the medium carried me on to take it up professionally. Now, I produce my bronze work and the work of others with my own company: "Inspired Bronze Inc".

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Inspired Bronze, Fine Art America

Education/Credentials
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Hartford Art School University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program graduate: Cortona, Italy Johnson Atelier School of Sculpture apprentice program graduate: 1st Class Apprentice

Awards and Honors
Charles Salsbury Award (artistic excellence) "Mostra" exhibit-Cortona, Italy, Orlando Museum of Art-1st Thursdays exhibit, exhibited in AIDS benefit show 97, '98, 3rd place in ArtWorks Gallery juried exhibiton 99, University of Hartford Grant recipient for four years

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