A bronze statue has gravitas

A bronze statue has gravitas. Even a small or whimsical piece made out of bronze demands respect. It is a material not to be taken lightly. In fact, the sheer heft of bronze gives weight to its presence and sense of place. Whether sitting alone on a polished ebony display stand in a gallery, or displayed outside in a public space where kids can crawl all over it, or placed in a fountain for a tourist to admire, a bronze sculpture is a silent, but powerful part of our world. It fills parks, homes, and offices around the world. It was part of great civilizations long since departed, and is likely to be with us forever.

The process of making bronze statues have been refined through the years. Artists who work with bronze come to appreciate its unique characteristics. It is an alloy that is probably the most popular for casting because it expands just a little bit before it sets.

It is, therefore, highly desirable for the way it fills out even the tiniest impressions. This gives an amazing level of detail to the work that otherwise would be missed. It is strong and ductile, which is especially important when working with figures depicting movement. The artist begins the process of making bronze sculptures by making the intended shape out of some other material.