еловек из стали

Man of Steel

I visited the 3D workshop to observe the casting of bronze, and take infra-red photographs of the process.

Countless books have been written about the art of casting bronze; it’s an art form stretching back to antiquity; but the three things you need to make it work haven’t changed in all that time; you need fierce heat, strong men and lots of magic.

What is commonly called “bronze” is a mixture of copper and tin; but the proportions of each, and the incidental or accidental constituent in the alloy (such as arsenic, antimony, silver and lead) vary enormously with the age location and quality of the work in question.

Equally, this is stuff that gets melted down and recycled for other purposes, or to remake art, so much of the ancient works have been destroyed over time.

I witnessed the preparation of the lost wax moulds, and the pouring of the hot metal. The following photographs were taken on a converted Nikon DSLR camera, with a manual 50mm lens.

Furnaces are fascinating and transformative; bars of metal become liquid and flow to fill the moulds. The alloy both expands to fill the voids and spaces upon during and contracts to release the grip of the mould upon cooling.

My reflection is that bronze makes a literally wonderful medium for memorials; and has the added quality of being capable of being melted down, changed and reborn almost an infinite number of times.

What better medium could exist for forging memories?

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