Oh Boy! Mirror of Male Nude Figures
The bronze mirror titled "Oh Boy!" is the first time I have created a functional work of art. While I carved stone (my Lips Series) during the day, I worked on the men at night. This bronze composition features five nude males arranged to create a frame around a mirror. This project was great fun and I even signed my name in the lower part of the frame in reverse, such that the reflection in the mirror would read correctly.
This is considered a bas-relief sculpture, which means the forms are compressed. (Most wall-hanging sculptures are reliefs, bas mean "low" in French. The other is a high-relief, which means the sculpture is more 3-d with less compression.)
limited edition of 99
14.5" h x 9.5" w
© 2006 Kelly Borsheim
Your choice of patina: Traditional (transparent) or the "tan granite opaque" patina, shown here as well. The easel is sold separately, but the mirror bottom is at a slant, so perhaps it is better to hang on a wall. Note that the signature is written into the bronze in such a way that it reads correctly only in the mirror.
Creating the Bronze Mirror:
The image below is the original sculpture in plastilina (an oil-based clay). A mold was made and then the artist cast each wax herself. The wax (shown below that) was chased and taken to the bronze foundry for casting.