dancing fairies

Through my long and somehow entertaining scrolls through art blogs, I came across an artist that creates 3D sculptures out of wire. Robin Wright has created life like figures of fairies dancing in the wind with dandelions, dancing, and holding onto trees all measuring to be around 3ft and 6in.

See more at http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/07/dramatic-stainless-steel-wire-fairies-by-robin-wight/ here you can also see an interview with the artist and indepth descriptions

The steps announced by Wright himself goes like:

1. Design. He must find the correct tree and and location so he can plan according to the surrounding environment. He sketches how he wants them to look and makes miniture 2D models.

2. He begins to create the skeleton in large scale that starts with the mounting a bracket (a solid steel rode that can hold around 22 pounds of art)

3. Interestingly, Robin’s trademark has become something he describes as “a heart of stone.” He chooses a larger pebble shaped in a heart, engraves his name and the owner/s name with any other small message, and burries it deep inside the wires

4. For the flesh of the fairy he uses three different wires: 3mm for the skeleton and main muscle bulk, 2.5mm for the muscles, 2mm for the skin (detail).

5. For the hands and feet he uses 2.5mm wire and wrapped with 2mm wire. To make the process easier, he has made his own template using drilled holes in the bench and bending the wire around nails pushed in to the holes

6. Robin then untagles some of the flesh to wrap around the hands and feet he made to attach them

7. This step is the step that takes the longest, and that is fleshing out. He uses three different wires to make the body fuller while still keeping the proportions even

8. The detail is a key component to draw the attention of on lookers to comb every piece of the art. Robin says some of the details are, “The tendons from the skull to the collarbone, which allow the eye to follow the neck and show which way the figure is facing. The bellybutton, which creates a focal point in the middle of a large panel of otherwise flat tangled wire.”

9. Another key point is the making of the hat. The frame of the hat is a single coil of wire looped six times and tied at one end and covered in chicken mesh

10. He then makes the wings which is made of a single piece of 3mm wire and chicken mesh

11. Attaching the wings means tapping a hole through the chest with a screwdriver or wedge and threading them into the flesh

12. And finally the last step is to install the fairy in the correct position that flows with the already established structure

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