Bronze Sculpture and Metal Sculpture Commission
By Sculptor Elmer P. Petersen
"An award winning sculptor and teacher, Petersen has been a self-employed sculptor and promoter of "art in public places" since 1978. Before focusing on commissions and limited edition bronzes, he entered his works in twenty-two competitive shows, receiving eleven awards from such known figures in the art world as Richard Diebenkorn, William Zorach, John I.H. Baur (curator of the Whitney) and Charles Umlauf."
Commissions in Progress
George Gale, the founder of Gale University and Galesville, WI.
Symphonic Joy, a three-dimensional design in faceted stained glass for the City of La Crosse, commissioned by the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.
Woman With Pink Ribbon Sculpture
My latest completed work, "Woman with Pink Ribbon" celebrating the courage of women confronted with serious illness can be seen here.
Larger sculpture commissions are better for me than many small ones - also challenging ones where I can think creatively. Solving problems including that of function and appropriateness are (as well as aesthetics) important to me and what I like to get involved with. Usually I have a discussion with a client and find out why the sculpture is being considered. With more discussion we can add to that. (See "What Sculpture Can Do".) Usually, then, I first make sketches and if it looks like we are getting something, I will make a model. (See "Stages: Sculpture Commission" to see how I work with clients.)
My Sculpture shows considerable variety but not a great body of work for a lifetime; however, that is how I identify myself… as a sculptor.
In the future, I will be working mostly in cast bronze. The welded steel sculpture doesn't seem to hold up as long as desired. My personal quest is to discover a distinctly personal form using a variety of materials and processes that I am familiar with. A bronze casting mold can be taken from just about any material or form. I could make welded steel portions which would give hard looking planes, and I could integrate modeled clay areas if I wanted more intricate and/or softer contrasting form. Both could be translated to bronze.
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