Architectural Polystyrene Styrofoam Carving by Sculpture Studios

Architectural Polystyrene Styrofoam Carving by Sculpture Studios



the only a make you know a large architectural piece for our new companies that I'm working for called locker and Riley and they're geographically quite close to me so which is a good thing because they can just pop down for five minutes have a quick look and keep a check on the process and then go away or if there's any operations again I can pop up there and have a quick chat which is a good thing and I hope I can build a good working relationship with them as they seem to be getting a lot of work from Dubai and Catherine places out there so it'd be very nice to work now look I'm writing you're basically a company who deal with plaster is that architectural molding I think traditionally they're used to doing quite small pieces and very neat and sort of buildup of plaster sections but in this particular case of in Qatar I think they actually wanted to go about 3.5 meters wide each section so this is one of the first pieces that I'm drawing up the transfer this tissue paper image down onto the polystyrene which I'm going to be carving it from the posturing around its peripheral of the image itself and this interpreter said it's 3.5 meters long and this is one of the first six pieces ever doing very well mate but I know that locker and Riley are very fastidious in the in terms of they want the detail and you could see the lines at now you see it and they don't kind of feel now it's some ways I'm a little bit concerned because we're not there with theatre companies or fill this in for 44 or on television or you know it's a long distance thing but I know that rocker is it luck and Riley are very keen on having it very crisp and very smart because it will be seen from a distance so they want the impact of that 3d and the nice flowing Falls but they also want the attention to detail and some occasions it's not to be seen close up as well so yeah I'm gonna take my time and be conscientious as possibly can in pay attention to the detail which I think the architectural companies are looking for as you know castable I think they might be looking for which is a real difference so I'll invite them down all the time so they can see the process of the whole happening and they can keep an eye on it and really truly I just want to make sure that they're happy with what I'm doing before it goes into mold making and I believe they're good silicon molds and they're producing plaster this is the beginning stages here we are have a look at the architects drawings these are very small drawings so we choose one individual piece to start with and then we transfer them full-scale onto polystyrene once we have the peripheral of the polystyrene cut out I then go to work with a hot wire and establish some sort of depth this is a very enjoyable part of the process and it always reminds me of why I am doing my particular job as a sculptor during the whole price herself carving the polystyrene or revert back to the original image to make sure I'm doing it correctly [Applause] on the second piece we send the the images to the architects and they decided to add on more will take away or make some certain changes which wasn't on the original brief [Applause] as usual each and every stage is a lengthy process from the carving to the sanding applying the plaster and dim trying to get a finish it takes a very very long time to achieve the finish required as many architectural companies work quite quite close detail but these were always going to be a distance so they want to give a really theatrical dramatic effect but as I said before trying to get a a reasonable finish on top of Palestine is a very lengthy process once again once we finish the polystyrene and before we add the plaster was sending image to the client and as usual and make alterations to the heart's content which is a it's quite annoying really because if they'd done the drawings as they wanted in the in the beginning then we wouldn't have to keep making iterations but our guests they don't really know what the one until I see it I enjoy this part of the job as as I generally come back in the avian and I can sculpt on my own without any interruptions of telephones and and clients coming around so I can really get my head in and my heart into it sketching it the image onto a large-scale format blocking it out and then starting to work on the poster in itself this particular piece is what we called a handed image so whatever I'm creating on this piece which is the left hand I've then got to create a duplicate on the mirror side on the right hand side so it gets even more difficult and to get them looking the same throughout the whole project then I use the straightening his swiping at cm transfer and look through the job and to make sure I'm actually keeping to the project instead of starving what I want to it's important for me to keep some sort of discipline when I'm carving as your mind will stray and do what it wants to do otherwise [Applause] now as an artist I think I'm allowed to have a little bit of artistic license and when you're working off an evening you can have a bit of fun because nobody else to talk to you have a little dance and when you release that a little bit of tension off you go again in there carry on with the work now although this was the smallest part of the job the chordal we scaled it up from this drawing cut it out from polystyrene and invited the client down to see that which they okayed now from there we said that the architects and they wish their neck of the actual image to be about another 800 million over they are about so we extended from this particular original one which we thought agreeably as finished and then down to the extended version which I hope that local rally on they're happy with now taking on such a project is this this is very architectural so it needs to be correct and there's a lots of terminologies and rules and regulations which govern you architectural field so there is a lot of disciplines to learn there's a lot of terms like a egg and darton a canvas and inter sis and volute 'add and all this kind of thing but I have learnt a lot and I've really enjoyed it so thank you very much indeed Locker rally for the work you


36 thoughts on “Architectural Polystyrene Styrofoam Carving by Sculpture Studios

  1. This is just amazing to watch ….the process…even though it is 8 years later! Love the personality dance! I always had those moments when I was alone at night in the studio behind my shop and the music was full blast and I needed to let that stress out from the intensity of work I was doing. Enjoyed this so much!

  2. That really is amazing work! Why do those architects keep arsing around? Do they not respect others?

  3. hi…! i love watching this video and i really love to make this also, please help me? from Philippines.

  4. you are a genius mate. I am a solid plasterer. I could only dream of creating work like yours . hats off

  5. Take this for what it is worth, but one thing that might help (with the
    NUMBER of change orders (COs) that occur AFTER the deliverable…I
    emphasize 'number' and 'after' as COs should be assumed to happen
    ALWAYS, but the number can be significantly REDUCED) is to utilize
    Parametric 3D technologies to do the prelim work. By using low cost or
    no cost 3D Cad solutions that are out there you can reduce the change
    orders, INCREASE the quality (as changing a finished product almost
    always results in LESS THAN optimum final results) and by so doing
    produce a product that is arguably considerably much higher quality, but
    for considerable reduced OVERALL cost (by virtue of them being able to
    see the designs in 3 dimensions and decide on the change orders earlier
    on in the process…rather than after the deliverable has been given.
    Also such designs can be integrated into the '3d Assembly WITH the other
    parts of the system or building, to keep track of things like
    interference and/or method of installation. I know this is old (2011),
    but I thought this comment might help others. I am not against old
    school, but 'teaching old dogs new tricks' is where the MONEY is (most
    'old dogs' understand the foundation principles which is what many young
    professionals lack…and what is arguably necessary in order to use the
    tools I mention most effectively). Hop this helps someone.

  6. Beautiful work. But you knew that already. Do you coat these with any kind of epoxy or plaster? If so, what do you use?

  7. Very nice work!! Once upon a time I used to do Plastering and built basic window canopies and columns out of foam but THAT, sir, is outrageously amazing and skillful!

  8. Thanks for sharing, wonderful work! So tell me is this a bid job or hourly? do you get paid for the lazy, unorganized, in ability to visualize there own design low life clients stupid changes?? I wish I had a dollar for ever change a client made. I often say 80% of my job is to show the client what they don't want.

  9. Hi Aden and team! I was wondering where you get your large pieces of styrofoam from. I've looked in several places but only found it in small sections. Can you help?

  10. Can I ask your advice on where to get or make a good hot wire foam cutter? It appears to me you are maybe using two together? I cannot find anything online decent to buy and I am seriously struggling with the junk I have bought. By the way, your work is amazing.

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