The creation of the sculptures is an artistic and skillful process.
Scroll below to find out how Steve takes a concept from the drawing pad into the third dimension.
(1) The artist first draws a rendering of the subject. Different concepts are sketched out.
(2) An armature of the figure is then made out of aluminum wire. Next, using plasalina clay, the artist lays down a foundation of anatomy including skeleton and muscle. This process take about 6 weeks.
(3) At the foundry, using the 'lost wax' method a silicon mold of the clay is made. Wax is poured into the mold to produce a wax replica which is then inspected by the artist. Next they 'sprew' the wax model which makes another mold of it. The wax model is melted out, making way for the molten bronze to be poured in.
(4) The bronze statue is now ready for the 'chasing' process.
Any last minute welding or corrections are made in this final stage.
(5) The statue is placed in a giant sandblaster. Inside the sand smoothes the surface to prepare for patina.
(6) During the patina process, sulphur liquid is first applied to the statue and then burned off with a blow torch.
(7) The patina artist applies the first layer of paint. The paint is sealed with the blow torch.
This process is repeated layer after layer until the statue is ready for its protective layer of polish.
(8) The finished piece is then attached to its base. The patron may request a polished walnut base
or italian marble base. A personalized brass name plate is then mounted onto the base.
All photos credit Patty Harpst

"I know from experience that these sculptures are not easy to make."
- Bert Sugar,
Boxing Historian

Copyright 2009 Steven Harpst