There are two ways to go about securing a sculptor (that I know of). One would be for you to come up with a Prospectus or Call for Entry (usually this is done for public art). And then send that out to as many sculptors as you can. Basically it is an application that describes the job desired, the pay, the site, and the deadlines. Deadlines are typically of
Other information the sculptor would need includes whether or not you need the sculptor to supply the base that the sculpture will sit on (especially for large works), or, if you provide that, describe what it is (materials) and what it looks like. Also, include the surroundings and any other important information relevant to having a piece of art on long-term display. (Will it be outside or inside?) Certain materials require different kinds of care. Some should not be placed out in the elements for a long period of time.
The second approach would be to start looking at sculptors' work. Contact any sculptors whose work looks good to you and ask for a bid price. You still need to have the information listed above and anything else you can think of. It is unfair to make anyone put a bid on a job he or she does not fully understand and doing so will give everyone headaches in the long run.
Then hire the artist whose style, quality, budget and/or time frame works for you or your organization. I would suspect that quality is more important than a deadline; however, make sure you feel the sculptor will produce the work when he says he will--or at least will communicate with you a lot along the way so that you do not get any surprises.
If interested in commissioning a Borsheim sculpture (or a painting for that matter), you
may contact the studio at the address and phone listed at the bottom of this page.
Just a final note, be prepared to pay up front between a third and a half of the
total fee as a deposit. This helps the sculptor not only know that you are serious (and minimizes the risk for both parties), it also greatly helps with the startup expenses, such as materials (stone, wax, clay, assistant wages, etc.) and bronze foundry costs (if applicable). However, final payment should not be made until the work is shipped or delivered to you (or unless you completely trust the sculptor).
I hope you find some of this information helpful.
- application due date (postmarked by . . . ). Application includes images of the work (so you have an idea if the artist is capable of producing the kind of sculpture you desire)
- notification by you of chosen artist (all applicants should be notified regarding whether or not they have been chosen)
- delivery date of final sculpture.
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