Once the design is decided upon I must build an armature or frame to hold the clay, which I use to create my sculptures. I start with a steel skeleton, a steel frame and a wooden base to hold the armature.
To the steel skeleton or armature I add plywood and foam blocks to fill out the form.
I glue and screw the foam to the armature.
I add foam to the arms which are made of steel pipe and wire.
I position the arms and start to shape the foam and add oil clay to the form.
911 Sculpture makes bronze sculptures to recognize police, firefighters, EMT, first responders and military service men and women - including those lost in the line of duty. 911 Sculpture was founded in Tucson, Arizona by retired veteran firefighter and sculptor/artist Paul Olesniewicz in 1994. Paul’s sculptural works can be seen on display in museums, memorial sites, fire departments and homes of firefighters and civilians around the world. Learn more >