Metal sculptures are truly enduring works, especially when given proper care. Artists have sculpted with metal for millennia, and many examples of these ancient masterpieces have survived across the ages in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Though past sculptors were limited to using their region’s naturally-occurring resources, artists today can choose from a variety of metals (e.g. bronze, lead, steel, copper), materials and processes to create a diverse array of works. This diversity is reflected in the wide selection of original metal sculptures. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind indoor or outdoor metal sculptures, we invite you to browse our site for works to complement your style and space.
TECHNIQUE- Sculptors who work with bronze usually use the lost-wax technique. This method requires the artist to create a model of their intended work out of a softer material such as clay. The artist molds wax on this model, adds another layer of clay, and heats the sculpture to melt the wax. The resulting cast is filled with molten bronze, cooled, and then chipped away until only the bronze work remains. Similar metalworking casting processes include sand casting and plaster mold casting, in which the models are made of sand and plaster, respectively. Artists who create larger pieces, such as outdoor metal sculptures, cast the work in separate pieces and weld each part together. Finishes can be applied to metal sculptures after they are polished to control textures and colors.