The Lincoln Leadership Project at Gettysburg
The Foam Depot was contracted to provide a large scale replica of a portion of the Lincoln monument in Washington. This sculpture is going to be a permanent placement in the entrance to the David Wills House in Gettysburg. This home is where Abraham Lincoln stayed the night before he gave the Gettysburg address and actually where he finished writing the address.
The following pictures will show you the process we went through to create this statue and eventually the finished product. The home was recently renovated and will have the grand opening on February 12, 2009.
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The David Wills House 8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg PA
The above picture is a rendition of what the finished product will look like.
The below pictures are of the Lincoln monument and a bust that the client sent to us. We used these objects to create art work to work from.
We then took these sketches and scaled them up to about 7.5' tall and 10' wide which is roughly the finished height and width. Below are the first cuts made from the above sketches. You can start to see the shape appear.
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After the initial cuts, we then projected a image from the monument onto the foam to get the sculpting perspective. Below is the image that was projected.
We then started to carve out the facial features and the hair line to start to give the sculpture some detail.
The above picture on the left shows how we had to add more foam to the side of his face so that we could carve more definition. This definition allowed us to make him face more to the left, like the monument.
Below you can see that he is taking shape nicely. Here we are detailing the coat, tie and the arm to bring the whole sculpture together.
Below are pictures soon after the hard coat was applied. We use a hard coat that is called Styro-Roc that creates a rigid shell on the outside of the foam so the finished product can be handled. After the hard coat was applied a smooth finish coat was applied to give it a white marble look. We added a slight crackle to the paint to give the statue an aged appearance.
Below is a sign we made for the client that will be installed on a wall right above the arm of Lincoln.
We turned this artwork into what you see below. This sign was also hard coated and painted to the clients colors.
More pictures to come, after installation. These object will be on permanent display at the David Wills house in Gettysburg Pennsylvania starting February 12, 2009