Sunday, March 6, 2011

'Statue of Liberty' Commission, Revisited...(Part I)....



My 'Statue of Liberty' replica, in all her 10 feet of meticulous (and near-insanity producing) papier-mache Glory...


Ya know....? Looking over my blog archives here, I realized I never did post the very final-FINAL, finished photos of my epic 'Statue of Liberty' papier mache commission from last fall. To be honest, I think once it was finally completed and out of my hair, I might have been a little PTSD about the whole thing, despite how much I really did enjoy both the project, as well as the challenge (because I always ALWAYS do love me a Challenge). Now that several months have passed however, giving me some distance, I think I can safely revisit those last several weeks of the project, the finishing of her and the shipping of her (an adventure of epic proportions in and of itself) without seeing spots swim before my eyes, heh....

So, onward to some pics (from 10/2010). Behold, 'Miss Liberty':

Side View (noting the ever-practical Detachable Arm):




Back View (Plus does not my October yard look here like the most verdant of green jungles? Oh Spring, we're a'waitin' on ya...!):




And, for Size Reference: (thanks here to our good buddy, Alexandra, for modeling):



Indeed, m'lady came quite a long way from THIS, eh? Pretty humble beginnings I must say -- not to mention I surely had my moments of frustration and doubt along the way, but whew, it all came together in the end....

(And please stay tuned for Part II, '(Harrowing) Adventures in Crating and Shipping', coming soon....!)

6 comments:

Julie-ann F Bowden said...

Totally awesome!

Tau said...

The pic with Alexandra is especially impressive. Scale is so hard to grasp in photos, and Liberty is certainly monumental. ;)

Gloria said...

Hi Patience. Thx for following me and I too will do the same, follow you that is. Wow! That is a wonderful job you did there with our Statue of Liberty. That must have been a lot of workk Did you say papier-mache? Geez, that is really awesome. The stand must be cement? Excellent job. Have a great week ahead and enjoy each day. Take care and very nice to meet you. I look forward to reading your posts.

Dena said...

This is an amazing creation! The time, thoughts and wonder that occurred during this process, I can only imagine what you have endured.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hello, Patience! thank you very much for following me. i really appreciate it. your statue of liberty project is awesome. this was made of paper mache? that's amazing!

Patience said...

Thanks so much for the comments, Everyone -- really appreciated! As for Ms Liberty, yes she's all papier mache (as per the customer's request), applied over an armature I constructed from wood and and wire mesh screening. It took awhile to figure out her 'engineering', but finally I came up with the perfect solution (which came to me in a dream -- sort of weird, but it worked!) to make her perfectly stable and freestanding on her simple wooden base. In all it was a huge project for me, but a fun one, and I certainly learned a lot....!