We’re sure you have questions regarding the work we do and the art we create. Here are some common questions we get and our answers. As always, feel free to contact us if you would like more information or are interested in commissioning a work of art.
Answers About Materials
- What kind of material is used? All different types of materials can be used for sculptures. For example, we use bronze, white bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, fiberglass, marble, granite, wood, and plaster.
- Will the materials withstand our weather (cold, rain, heat, wind, etc.)? Yes, when the silicon bronze is taken care through regular maintenance. This involves a cleaning followed by a thin wax, two to three times a year. This maintenance will help the bronze material retain its appearance. Bronze naturally turns green, if not maintained.
- I’ve seen references to patina, what is it? Patina provides color to a bronze sculpture. It is an acid-base chemical that etches into the bronze when heated, creating the illusion of color at a molecular level. Patina is not used for white bronze, rather color is achieved with paint for this material.
- Will the patina change color over time? Patina naturally changes color over time, but it can be greatly minimized by simple maintenance.
- Is there a difference between the sculptures created for outdoor display, as opposed to indoor display? Determining the clients’ desire for the permanency of a sculpture is the starting point. Art that is to be placed inside is not impacted by the elements in the same way as a work that is located outside. Materials can be used inside that would otherwise not work in the elements.
Types of Sculptures
- What genres do you specialize in? Sculptures are our primary genre. Sculptures are often referred to by the public as a statue.
- Do you sell existing sculptures? Yes, our non-commissioned work is available for exploration and purchase.
- Do you only do originals, or do you also do limited editions? We do both originals and limited editions.
- Does the sculpture have to of a person or object, or can it be an abstract image? The subject can be real or abstract.
- Are the artists able to create a variety of subjects (people, animals, machines, etc.)? The artists of Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany can create any type of subject.
- Can the artist create a sculpture from a photo or do they need to see the real subject? While it is often helpful to meet and measure a subject and take photos, sculptures are often commissioned reflecting on an earlier time period. We have perfected a system of photo analysis that allows us to sculpt directly from an image. It is important to have as many photos as possible to create a realistic and accurate depiction of the subject. Consistently creating movement and catching the essence of the subject sets us apart from many other artists.
- Can I choose a particular artist? Yes, you may choose the artist you would like to work with.
- Do I work directly with the artist or someone else? A client will work directly with the artist and often an administrative assistant. The administrator assists in scheduling and general communications regarding the project.
Financial Answers Regarding Sculptures
- Who commissions sculptures from you? We have many different types of clients: corporations, sports teams, religious organizations, governmental agencies, and private individuals.
- How much does an initial consultation cost? There is no charge for an initial conversation about a project.
- How much does a sculpture cost? The cost can vary due to the size and complexity of the design, as well as the materials used. It is best to contact us for an estimate.
- Does the commission require a downpayment? Yes, a downpayment is required for each project.
- Should I let the artist know what my budget is upfront? Everyone should be on the same page from the beginning. A commission, by its very nature, is a coming-together between the artist and the client to bring the client’s vision to fruition. It’s helpful to know a client’s budget so that the project can be appropriately designed within the financial guidelines. This helps the client avoid additional fees and protects the project as a whole.
Timeline of Commissioning a Sculpture
- How long does the whole process take? Projects can range from 6-18 months. For a life-size sculpture or larger, a 12-month timeline is preferred.
- How is the sculpture delivered? The sculpture is delivered by ground transportation and typically the artist will be available at the installation.
- Do you ship anywhere in the world? Yes, we’ll ship anywhere across the globe.
- How long does installation take? Installation time varies by the scope and complexity of the project but generally takes between 2-8 hours.
- How do I care for the sculpture after the installation? Care of the sculpture is relatively simple – water wash (no chemicals)and the application of a thin wax after the statue is dry.
- Can we have the artist(s) attend the unveiling? Yes, the artist is proud to be at the unveiling.
- What if my question isn’t listed here? If you have a question that isn’t answered here, do not hesitate to contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 847-432-9925.