Gillie and Marc have become extremely experienced at working in bronze, their favorite material. Their public sculptures, all expertly sculpted in bronze, can be seen around the globe and are loved by locals and tourist alike. But the artists don’t only create monumental bronze sculptures. They also scale them down so you can take one of their beautiful bronze masterpieces home with you.
The artists love working in bronze for many reasons. Bronze is a very hardy material and will last forever. The material has been used for millennia, with some 2500 year-old artworks still in existence today. It is an alloy made primarily from two chemical elements found naturally in the environment - copper and tin. These two natural elements are mined from ore and are found in many day to day items such as wiring and plumbing. Copper is also 100% recyclable, with around 40% of the world’s supply coming from recycled products. Silicon bronze contains no lead or any other elements that are harmful to either humans or the environment. Finally, bronze is very easy to clean, allowing you to enjoy your precious sculpture with minimal upkeep.
As experts in coloring bronze, Gillie and Marc enjoy experimenting with their sculptures, adding a splash of color to brighten the work, making it even more unique.
For the most part, fiberglass sculptures are the same as resin sculptures. A resin sculpture is a work of art cast with the material fiberglass, a material that is perfect for making beautiful sculptures. Not only is it very light, but it is also incredibly durable and malleable making it the perfect material to mould into whatever intricate shape you like while knowing it will last for a very long time. It can be painted and glazed to make it look like any other medium such as stone, porcelain, bronze, or marble. It’s so versatile it gives the freedom to create anything you like! Because of this, resin has been used for a lot more than just art: it’s used in boats, roofing, and even surfboards.
Resin is a mixture of materials including urethane, silicone, epoxy and polyester. While these all make it very strong it is not indestructible. One of the major things to watch out for when caring for your sculpture is to give it some extra love when it starts to cool down. Cold temperatures can cause the resin to crack. As the temperature drops the material contracts. When the temperature rises the material expands. This change causes the material to crack. So once winter is on the way make sure you bring any outdoor resin sculptures inside to keep them nice and toasty.
When creating beautiful sculptures in fiberglass and resin, Gillie and Marc like to have a bit of fun. Sometimes works are crafted in one bold color, sometimes they are splashed with many colors, and sometimes they are even transparent.
Stainless Steel Sculptures
Gillie and Marc love working with stainless steel. It is very sleek and smooth making it an excellent material when a high shine is required. Stainless steel is a great option for artworks with bright and vibrant colours as paint can be applied to achieve quality results.
It is very easy to take care of stainless steel, just some warm water and a gentle detergent will make your artwork sparkle. If fingerprints mark the surface, they can be removed using ordinary glass cleaner, followed by a rinse with warm water. Make sure to avoid abrasive powder cleansers and scrubbing brushes as they can scratch the high-shine steel surface. Always remember to dry your artwork thoroughly with a soft towel after any and all cleaning processes.
Gillie and Marc love working with stainless steel, the artists have even utilised this material alongside bronze in sculptures to bring out the beauty of each medium.
Aluminium is a fantastic material to create artworks as it is not susceptible to rust, fracture or fade. This medium delivers an amazing metallic finish that highlights hand painted colours and makes them pop.
The artists love creating artworks in chrome as the material provides in a smooth and shiny finish. It is lighter than bronze which makes it an excellent alternative for projects that have any weight restrictions. Colour can also be applied to this medium, resulting in vibrant artworks.
Care must be taken when cleaning chrome as it is a very soft materials that scratches easily, so start with the gentlest cleaning method and only move to stronger products when necessary. Wash with water, dishwashing detergent and a soft cloth in the first instance, cleaning any grooves and seams with a toothbrush. If that doesn’t get your sculpture clean enough, try using plain white or apple cider vinegar plus another clean, soft cloth. In the event of rusting, try buffing the rust with a piece of balled up aluminium foil dipped in vinegar, or a piece of very fine steel wool. Whatever method you choose, always dry your chrome sculpture thoroughly with a towel or dryer sheet after washing, then wax with a product like Turtle Wax Chrome Polish that’s designed specially for chrome.
For every purchase of a fiberglass or bronze sculpture you will receive a certificate of authenticity, titled, signed, dated and editioned by the artists.