Archive for December, 2007

Pierre Riche’s metal sculpting teckniques and processes.

Friday, December 28th, 2007

People sometimes find the process of making metal sculpture just as interesting if not more interesting than the finished work of art. Here are some examples of a process i use to create a metal mask from a drawing or photo.

This is a clay sculpture from a photo that i formed into a face with 16 gauge sheet metal.

Here is a close-up of the metal face in progress.

I usually start with a photo or drawing. This one i printed off the internet.

Then it gets sculpted in clay, as seen in the photo above. After i am satisfied with an accurate clay 3D.model, I use whats called a “direct metal” tecknique to sculpt the form.

Gas, arc welding and gas cutting were used. Soon the piece is finished.

Equine Art

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Creating metal horse sculpture is very rewarding . My smallest equine sculpture was about 6′ long. and the largest to date was A half scale size or about 3′ long.

This sculpture was commissioned.  A rubber mold was take from it for casting in bronze or other metals.

metal masks

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Making metal masks is a specialty of mine. i’v been creating them for almost 10 years. The smallest is wearable and the largest is over 9′ tall. 3 people can dance in its chin. I have created multi-discipline performance events with the larger that show at festivals. Keep posted for videos of past shows to appear.

The one shown here was my first large one. It has steps up to a door in the back that opens into a gazebo in the head. The eyelids were made from a wok and are hinged to be adjusted.

Some are open structure like Ideas Fascade. This one is one of the few that i had painted.

Woven reflections is my favorite and most well executed to date. It is of woven stainless steel.

This sculpture was conceptually two years in the making.

decided to create an armature so that i could layer the metal on it and create duplicates.

The finished piece was to serve as a mega mask theatre. Dancers could dance on a platform in the chin. Video docmentary on these performances is to come.

Here is A new one i’m working on for 2009 summer shows.


It is now 2014 and this piece is the finished version of the above photo in the build stage. A white baked powder coat glossy paint job was given to it for the best video image support. I call this sculpture “Metaface”. It was sculpted from a clay reference depicting the face of Gaia. A full description of the “Metaface Project” will be added to this blog shortly.

Healing Eye New Years Eve in San Francisco 2007-2008

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Melting Flag

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Melting Flag

“Melting Flag” is my first piece of political art. I will first say that as messed up as America is that i love this country and what it is intended to represent from our founding forefathers who designed our constitution. God bless America.

This melting American flag sculpture stands 7′ tall.  It is a hollow-form sculpting tecknique constructed from aluminum sheet metal. It has a vinal G-klee print of old glory flying in the breeze adhered to its top surface on both sides. The paint job is of an automotive quality professionally done. The black base is bolted to the sculpture.

This is the second object i have illusioned to melt. The first was an  aluminum sculpture of a melting stratacaster guitar.

Why melt the American flag? Why not and  hello! If you dont think america is melting, get a reality check. When was the last time you tried on your constitutional rights. Do they still fit? The people at homeland security think you should hand them over to the salvation army.

Is america melting a good thing or a bad thing? maybe its neither. Maybe its just a reality. Maybe the biggest insight out of this work of contemporary art is to wake us up out of a long cultural slumber and to ask when will the lies stop and the truth be told . Or you can go back to sleep and let the government steer us off the cliff of never-never land. No joke.

I like not to impose to much of my own ideas about how i want my art to be read. I want the art to ressonate deeply within each and every viewer in the privacy of thier own being.

I know my intentions for creating a work of art like this and I want the viewer to recieve thier own feelings and discover the truth for themselves. True art is so much more powerfull than the whole avelanch of words and intelectual ideas that controll  the world today.

Melting Flag is Modern Political Pop Art , a wake up call and an object of beauty.

The Healing Eye Goes to Burning Man

Friday, December 21st, 2007

I brought my masterpiece the Healing Eye to Burning Man. This sculpture has nine parts to it. it all gets assembled by bolts. The sculpture is made of steel, stainless steel, and copper. It is fitted with pipes to carry the flow of propane gas that burns out of the top of the piece. The height of the piece is 18′ tall.

Healing Eye

The sculpture is a pyramid with a caduceus traveling up the front panel. there are seven chakra discs centered on a staff deviding the two serpents as they travel upwards to an all seeing eye at the apex of the pyramid. A large stainless steel crescent chaped ring extends out from the sides of the eye. Two copper clad wings stem off of the base of the ring.

Fire is emitted from two rings on the inside of the crescent and over the top of it. Fire also travels up the inside of the wings. water rains down from the inside of the crescent . sound transducers resonate sound that vibrate all the metal parts. Video images get projected from the iris of the all seeing eye.

At first sight one might think this piece of art is a freemason symbol used by the illuminati. They do use a portion of this symbol as seen on the American one dollar bill. I added the caduceus which is the emblem used by the medical association. I added the coralating seven chakras the crown chakra being the iris of the all seeing eye. The caduceus is usually seen with wings which i have added as well. The crescent shape is also an add on this i see as the female counterpart to the pyramid male aspect.

As strange as it may seem, i did not intend to create an 18′ tall flaming satanic freemasonry illuminati shrine. I dont think the piece is viewed this way by most but in hindsight looking at it , it has many of the components. I am not a satanist nor do i support knowingly anything the illuminati does.

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