This is the worst part of the year weather-wise in Arizona. It’s called The Monsoon Season. Usually July, August and into September. it is not the heat, I enjoy the heat in Arizona, most of the time it’s a dry heat, but the Monsoon season is much higher humidity. That is the way it is now hot and humid!! Not complaining too much, have so much to be thankful for. It just got me to thinking about sculpture, it is not effected by heat and humidity right away, but I feel as the years go by it will take it toll on a sculptures patina if it is a bronze casting, wood often loves the humidity. Put a wood sculpture in an extremely dry climate and it depends on the origin of the wood itself. In moving wood carvings, one must careful especially with wood sculpture or carvings to keep the move with climate in mind, no drastic changes would be my advice.
Stone carvings or sculpture statues are not so much affected by weather, but more by handling as they can be quite heavy and unwieldy!
Stainless Steel sculpture/statues are increasing popular as an alternative to bronze, although the pricing can be similar. I feel the look and feel can be more appropriate to bronze in some situations, but that works both ways as does so much in life.
That being said, I’m sure glad we have sculpture in our lives, high humidity or not! Reminds me, there was a hit song back in the sixties by Jackie DeShannon and The Searchers an English group, called “Every time you Walk in the Room” both covered it so well. Here are the links
Jackie DeShannon Walk in the Room
The Searchers Walk in the Room
– enjoy or not!
Time and Sculpture, that is for another day!
Have you ever walked into a room and there was a nice sculpture there, large or small? I feel it changes the room with either a strong message or a beautiful design or quite commonly both!
Sculpture has such power over our conscious and subconscious minds!
Lets give out a huge thank you throughout time to sculptor-artists the world over and their wonderful creative creations! Let’s not forget the Collectors of sculpture as well:)
By for now – Bill West
(an advocate for good sculpture everywhere all the time!)