FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - STUDY

 

 

 

     

 

INSPIRATION - If you are looking for inspiration, check out the hundreds of figureheads that have been produced over the ages, The mermaid theme, mixed with the wings of an angel derived from a large bird, are the main ingredients - plus a bit more. The female form is the cradle of life that brings newborns into the world, like a fountain that continually cycles water. Water is the staff of life. Without it we would not exist.

 

 

It is always a good idea to make a study or two before embarking on the making of a full size work of art. This artwork is roughly 1/10th the size of the full size statue. At this scale mounting the art is not a problem, but when a statue is 3 meters (10 feet) high with large wing surfaces, then you have to consider the forces that a strong wind might impose. 

 

In the region where the Miss Ocean statue is to be installed the area suffered a storm that in 1987 blew over several sturdy trees for miles around. You can imagine then the force of an 80 mile per hour gusts against two small sails, which is what the wing areas represent.

 

 

 

SWIMMING FORM - You may notice from these side-view formers that the statue is based on a human form as if that figure were swimming. You will also notice that there is a line from the head to the toes with three curves. This line is positioned so that the other features of the human form will not be compromised if a front-view former is inserted. You may wonder why there are two formers? Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

 

WING DEVELOPMENT - In the art study the wings and body formers are cut from sheet metal, then formed to make a shoulder mount and curved to breath life into the flat panels. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

 

BODY & FINS - The wings of a bird and the fins of a fish join together when the body panel is joined to the wings. Here the body and wing formers are seen ready to be joined. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

 

POSE - Having cut both formers along the marked lines they are fixed in line with the breasts and buttocks to give the artist his limits. A reverse method is used when sculpting from solid stone, where a former is offered up to the carving frequently. Formers cannot provide the fine detail, for which it is in the hands of the artist. Please note that the photographs of the fountain of youth and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

 

SHOULDERS & WINGS - The wings are attached to the body former plate using rivets. The placing has to be very accurate. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

 

FLESHING OUT - Once the main two sections are united, the four cardboard formers are bonded in place with resin and once cured, several more layers of resin are applied and shaped at each stage using a modeling knife. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

 

HUMAN HEAD - More resin is used to form a head. Once the basic shape is established, then features can be applied. At this scale the features are not that well defined. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

The frame and mounts for the three meter statue will be made of corrosion resistant steel. The frame will be part of the oyster shell basin that collects the water that trickles down from the statue back to the pump that will push four water jets high enough to reach the top of Miss Ocean, then curve down to keep the water blessed by Miss Ocean as she is continuously bathed in water and blue and white light (at night). Mounting becomes a structural and sculptural challenge where the fins of the statue meet the shell of the oyster.

 

Typically, works or art of this size are made of clay and might be cast in bronze if the statue is important enough and money is no object. We cannot go that route because the statue of Miss Ocean will also double as a figurehead for SeaVax during any launching ceremony and at exhibitions, and so has to be lighter than it would be even if cast in magnesium alloy.

 

The basic artwork will be carved from foam and the details carved in the composite sheathing that will encapsulate and then replace the foam former. Unlike the 1/10th scale study, the full size statue will have a sturdy stainless steel frame.

 

 

Venice

 

STUNNING SCULPTURE - In 1921, Loy Myrna posed for Venice High School sculpture teacher Harry Fielding Winebrenner for the central figure “Inspiration” in his allegorical sculpture group Fountain of Education. Completed in 1922, the sculpture group was situated in front of the campus outdoor pool in May 1923, where it would stand for decades. Loy’s slender figure with her uplifted face and one arm extending skyward presented a “vision of purity, grace, youthful vigor, and aspiration” that was singled out in a Los Angeles Times story that included a photo of the “Inspiration” figure along with the model’s name - the first time her name appeared in a newspaper.

 

 

 

PAINTING - Austrian artist Eduard Veith painted this scene of the mythical Fountain of Youth.

 

 

 

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - This is the brick based mounting for the statue. The water that feeds this fountain is from an ancient well on site that is said to be mineral laden. The well has supplied water to those in Lime Park and to surrounding properties near the village of Herstmonceux for hundreds of years. The well only supplies Solar House today and the Fountain of Youth statue. Please note that this photograph of the fountain of youth mount is Copyright © 5 August 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.

 

 

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6307093/1/The-Legend-of-the-Agua-de-Vida

http://fountainofyouthflorida.com/

http://www.venicehighalumni.com/help_myrna.htm

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/archaeology/fountain-of-youth/

http://pirates.wikia.com/wiki/Fountain_of_Youth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_of_Youth

 

 

 

AIR, LAND & WATER - The resulting sculpture portrays a mythical animal that is part human, part bird and part fish - a flying mermaid if you will, and certainly an interesting piece of art from the graceful incorporation.

 

 

 

 

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