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Casting Continues on Holy Family

While I was in Italy, the foundry continued the work of casting the 3/4-life-size Holy Family sculpture, finishing the brush-on molds and pouring the wax castings. The sculpture is too large to cast whole, so it is cast in pieces and welded together.

I work on the cast pieces myself to make sure it matches the form and texture of the original clay sculpture. The baby Jesus and Mary's arms were poured and the shell mold was broken while I was there.

In the weeks ahead the rest of the pieces will be cast and welded together. I'll visit the foundry a few more times before the final visit, when the patina will be applied.

The sculpture will be installed at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paducah, Kentucky in mid-November. We're making arrangements for installation specialists to assist in the placement of the sculpture in an outdoor prayer garden.

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Thank you for sharing your wonderful and recent work and experience. What a joy it must be to be fulfilling this goal and dream. blessings. Jim and Mary

October 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Thompson

Appreciate the step by step slideshow! Incredible work from start to finish with all hands involved. Beautiful work and message through your excellence, Karen.

October 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

The Holy Family sculpture is coming along so beautifully! It is wonderful, and will be such a blessing to the church in Kentucky.
I also enjoyed seeing the slides of your trip to France with Tim, and your time in Florence. What a gorgeous time of year to see them. This was the time of year I arrived in France when I studied in Bordeaux, and Florence was one of my favorite places when I lived there. It sounds like it nourished your artistic spirit.
I'm glad you were able to have that, Karen. I love you, Elizabeth
Did Rebecca put the new website together for you? It looks sensational!

October 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Oppenheim

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