When clay becomes a relic

We think this is an interesting story, worth telling even if it is a few years old! 

Artis Lane was commissioned to install an enlarged version of her iconic sculpture, Emerging First Man, for outdoor installation in an upscale Atlanta housing development.  We helped Artis create the foam enlargement for this 14' high bronze.  She then worked for several weeks to add clay over the foam to create the form and surface texture she wanted.  After molding, Art Bronze president Ian Killips asked her what she wanted to do with her enlarged original.  "Just throw all of the parts out," she instructed.  "We already have molds of them."

Ian just couldn't bring himself to throw away the beautiful clay head of the sculpture.  But, because it was so large and fragile, it had to be stored on top of the refrigerator in the Art Bronze employees' kitchen.  Two years later, when a retrospective museum exhibit of Artis's life's work was being mounted, they asked Ian if he knew what ever became of the giant clay head.  

Fast forward to the opening of the museum show.  When Ian entered the exhibition space, there sat the clay head in the center of the room, safely ensconced inside a plexiglass case and lit by multiple spots.  Ian approached the case to get a better look at the display, at which point a museum guard asked him to step back from the art.  It was just too much to explain to the guard that it had sat on top of our refrigerator for a couple of years.  

When something leaves the foundry, it becomes a precious object.