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Ian Palmer’s Don Quijote series of sculptures was inspired by his father (1920 – 1999).
The artist completed 5 studies which represent traits and moods his father shared with the Man of La Mancha:
The Great Reader
The Great Adventurer
The Great Protector
The Great Fighter
The old guard trying to use new technology
The Giacometti-inspired style represents his fther’s physique: tall, fit, elegant but wiry – a body honed by hard life. A man admired and love and missed very much.
The making of a large bronze sculpture is very complex; it normally involves a number of people who work with the artist’s original study. A variety of casts and moulds are made (plaster, silicon and ceramic), and generally during this process the original work of the artist is destroyed. What is produced by others is simply a copy of the original idea. You can see what the creator intended but his soul is not really in this new piece – it was lost in the original study.
For this very reason I have developed for my sculptures a technique of fusing Raku and copper, creating a medium in which my original study is the finished sculpture, retaining all of my personal efforts.
You can touch or run your fingers over this sculpture and you will feel my pain and care because it is a true original.