Sculpture "Ottifant", bronze
Sculpture "Ottifant", bronze
ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 980 copies | numbered | signed | certificate | bronze | partly polished | patinated | size 19.5 x 12 x 20 cm (h/w/d) | weight approx. 3.5 kg
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Sculpture "Ottifant", bronze
Otto Waalkes is not only a German comedian, singer and actor he is also a gifted draughtsman and caricaturist (and incidentally a graduate of the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg). His best-known caricature is the Ottifant. He originally designed it as a logo for his own record company, Rüssl Räckords, but over time the pachyderm became a trademark, and it even became Otto's alter ego. It has the same playful smile and the same mischievous look. In a nutshell, it is a portrait of the artist as a young Ottifant. Our edition made of fine bronze sets a small monument to the Ottifant and the great comedian Otto Waalkes.
Exclusively at ars mundi: Sculpture of the famous Ottifant in fine bronze, elaborately cast using the Lost-Wax-Process. Patinated, partially polished. Limited to 980 numbered and signed copies. Size 19.5 x 12 x 20 cm (h/w/d), weight approx. 3.5 kg. A detailed, hand-numbered certificate is enclosed.
About Otto Waalkes
He is the even more famous East Frisian than the East Frisian national drink the black tea with cream. He was already doing comedy when many celebrities of today's popular comedy scene were not even born. Otto Waalkes is the father figure of this genre in Germany.
Already in the 1970s and 1980s, Otto sold out huge venues, achieved unimaginable ratings with his legendary TV shows and was regularly represented in the top ten of the (music!) charts with his LP’s. His first movie in 1985 is still considered the most successful cinema movie in Germany since the beginning of audience recording. And if you were to line up his awards one after the other, it would probably result in a perceived distance between the biggest cities in his homeland East Frisia from Emden to Aurich. Already three times, he has received the German Comedy Award, including one for his life's work, when he was just 50 years old.
Otto's popularity has not waned to this day. He continues to tour with great success. Moreover, he has worked as an actor and dubbing artist on many major cinema hits in recent years and thus, has now conquered the third, if not fourth, generation of audiences.
Otto and the "Ottifant":
Not the Indian elephant, nor the African elephant, but the East Frisian elephant is probably the most popular in Germany. Since 1972, the Ottifant has accompanied Otto Waalkes' work. First as a logo for his record company, then as a caricature on his record covers and finally as a cartoon feature in his big TV shows. The Ottifant belongs to Otto like Otto belongs to East Frisia.
Over the course of time, the pachyderm has developed an amazing life of its own. It has become a comic figure, had its own TV series and a feature-length film, was the star of a video game and a series of computer games, and finally even the mascot of the East Frisian football club BSV Kickers in Otto's homeland of Emden. And when Otto set up the "Otto Huus" museum in 1987 in Emden, with exhibits from his long career, it was clear what kind of "art on a building" they had to install... Since then, a larger-than-life Ottifant, breaking through the brick museum wall to the outside and has been peering over the residents and tourists while they shop.
An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.
When casting bronze, the artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.
First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber mass. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured into the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax cast is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, whereby the wax flows out (lost mould).
Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture is revealed.
Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work.
For lower-quality bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of a more complex lost-wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.
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Term for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition according to the artist‘s will.
Artist's multiples have been called the most accessible and affordable art on the market.
A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.
While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, in bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually, it is made of clay or other easily mouldable materials.
The prime time of sculpture after the Greek and Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Contemporary artists such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz also enriched sculptures with outstanding works.