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Venus on a half shell was started in Ravenna Italy in 1993 and finished in Calgary in 1994.

This nude sculpture was created using the lost wax method. A rubber mold was made from the sculpting medium, then a wax was poured into the mould, then the wax was worked to remove the air bubbles, then the wax was covered with ceramic shell, a process which was developed during WWII to produce guns quickly and cheaply, then the wax is burnt out and while the ceramic shell is hot the bronze is poured in, after it cools the ceramic shell is chipped off. The Bronze is chased to repair any inconsistencies, then it is sand blasted and the patina is applied.

Venus a nude sculpture was also created in Ravenna, Italy. I was stirred by the Pagan artwork and mythological sculpture while there. The experience of this ancient world is also reflected here in the pose, patina and the half shell base on which she stands. I was rewarded with many positive comments from the local community when I transported Venus back and forth to the Academy in Ravenna.

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