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The Making of a Bronze Statue

In conjunction with the exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 (on view December 18, 2013–April 13, 2014), this silent video shows the many processes involved in the making of A. Phimister Proctor's bronze equestrian statue Theodore Roosevelt. The sculptor's small, rough clay sketch, which he has worked up as a fully detailed plaster model, is transformed into a full-scale model (the modeling took place from 1920 to 1922) and then cast in 1922 via the lost-wax method with the assistance of skilled artisans. Finally, the completed statue is unveiled in Portland, Oregon. This shortened version of the original 1922 film was made as a gallery installation for the loan exhibition Cast Images: American Bronze Sculpture from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York State Museum, Albany (October 20, 2007–February 24, 2008).

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