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Patinated Metal Wall Sculptures
♦ Selected Metal Wall Sculptures
♦ How & Why I Make These Wall Sculptures
Acid Patina hand-make a unique range of metal wall sculptures that will provide you with a truly unique piece of artwork to hang in your home or commercial premises. The three dimensional forms and authentic patina colours really sets these metal wall sculptures apart from conventional painted artworks.
All the metal wall sculptures are designed and individually handmade by me in Auckland using copper, brass and 24 karat gold leaf. Yes, I accept commissions to make a custom wall sculpture that will fit your requirements. Shipping worldwide at competitive rates. Simply email your project details to discover the possibilities.
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Ø No Paints.
Ø No Faux Effects.
100% Real Solid Copper & Brass Sheet.
100% Authentic Patina.
100% Unique, Handmade Art.
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Selected Metal Wall Sculptures
Metal Wall Sculpture: ‘Random Order’.
The sculpture has been designed using elements of sacred geometry. 24 karat gold leaf is used for highlights. View full details here [metal wall sculpture ‘Random Order’].
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Geometric Metal Wall Sculpture: ‘The Harmonic Universe’.
Geometric sculpture handmade from copper, brass, steel, aluminium & 24 karat gold leaf. View full details here [metal wall sculpture ‘Harmonic Universe’].
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How & Why I Make These Patinated Metal Wall Sculptures
Copper & Brass Patinas
Solid copper and brass sheet are mostly used to make my metal wall sculptures. Copper and brass have the rare property of being able to be patinated to produce a wide range of beautiful colours. Every patina exhibits subtle nuances in its colours and patterns. While a fair degree of control can be exercised during the patina process, only God and nature determine the final result. Additionally, being made of metal, light reflects quite differently off a patina than a paint film. It is these subtle differences that combine to ensure each piece of patinated metal wall sculpture is a truly unique work of art.
View the range of patina colours here [Patina samples].
Rust, Charcoal & Molten Metal
Occasionally aluminium, stainless steel, iron and wood are used as part of a wall sculpture. These metals can be used to introduce colours that may not be achievable by patinating copper or brass. Aluminium can be abraded to produce a soft matt silver-grey. Stainless steel (despite its name!) can be heated to produce bronze or black patina colours. Iridescent blues can be achieved with extreme control. Or the metal can be highly polished to a mirror.
Iron/steel can be patinated to produce black and of course the well known red-orange rust patina colours.
Wood is often used as a background or frame detail. I like to either wire brush or sandblast the surface to provide a deep grain texture, or lightly burn the surface to form texture and a charcoal black colouration, (similar to the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban).
To add texture and an organic quality to some metal wall sculptures, I may use the oxy-propane torch to carefully melt small areas.
Gold Leaf & Polished Highlights
Pure 24 karat gold leaf is frequently applied to specific areas of the design to emphasise elements that are important in the artworks narrative. To add contrast and provide subtle highlights to the wall sculpture, I occasionally buff selected patinated details or edges to reveal the bright, shiny underlying copper or brass. These bright metal highlights also accentuate that the artwork is made from real copper and brass.
Ideas Old & New
Inspiration for my metal wall sculptures stem from exploring ideas around sacred geometry, quantum cosmology, classical metaphysics & natural theology. Sacred geometry is, fundamentally, the study of geometries and math ratios that can be commonly found in music, lifeforms and cosmology. Some ancient philosophers held beliefs in the ‘Music of the spheres’ cosmology and that God created the universe according to a geometric plan.
These old philosophies, together with many of the world’s ancient creation myths, are not in total disagreement with present-day ideas on quantum cosmology. Perhaps one day science will be able to provide us the answers to our deepest questions relating to why we are here and the true nature of reality. Until then, exploring this eclectic mix of ancient and contemporary ideas will continue to provide me with artistic inspiration.
Diptych, Triptych & Polyptych
Large walls can be effectively dressed with diptych (2 piece), triptych (3 piece) or polyptych (many piece) installations. The installation of a polyptych wall sculpture opens up the potential of the artwork fitting your space and creating a very unique art installation. Full custom art installation set-outs are provided with each of these polyptych wall sculpture artworks. This ensures the installation remains in harmony with the design geometry of the wall sculptures. Simply send me the dimensions of the wall you want the art installation and I will present you with several harmonious set-out options.
Custom Designed & Handmade
All metal wall sculptures are handmade by me in Auckland, New Zealand, using traditional hand-tools. This ensures that each sculpture exhibits the subtle nuances and idiosyncrasies inherent in hand-worked metal; features that are absent in the mass produced machine made items that surround us in our daily lives. I make these metal wall sculptures either as a commissioned artwork, or as a speculative work. I can custom-make a metal wall sculpture to fit your project’s size and colour scheme. I ship worldwide. Prices start from about NZ$100 for small simple artworks, up to NZ$5000+ for large works.