Q. WHAT IS RELIEF WALL SCULPTURE?
A. Relief sculpture is artwork that is either raised by chipping away the background or recessed by etching away the fore ground causing the art to appear. The surface can be flat, curved or round such as columns. The sculpture becomes more visible when light hits the area causing shadows to appear exposing the artwork more dramatically.
Q. HAS IT EVER BEEN USED IN PAST?
A. Yes extensively, wall sculpture has been used by the ancient Egyptian pharaohs, Babylonian kings, Meads & Persians, the Classic Greeks and by the Roman Empire.
What is seen today is mostly bare rock because the paint over time has been weathered away, but in there time most were painted with bright colors to adorn their buildings with dramatic color schemes. Modern buildings have used relief wall sculpture to a limited extent using molds then cementing these castings into place like setting floor tiles with mortar thin set.
Q. IS RELIEF SCULPTURE CARVED AWAY AS IN THE PAST?
A. No. It is built up in layers on a flat surface using modern cement and plaster products. This eliminates the tedious hours of labor required to carve out or chip away rock surfaces. However if needed to correct a sculpture it can be chipped or carved away as needed with little effort before it sets up into a hard surface.
Q. HOW DURABLE IS A WALL SCULPTURE?
A. Very durable. When cement is used it sets up as hard concrete block. Stucco cement is extremely durable to the elements and will last for years on end. Roman art stands to this day with little change. It is essentially stucco cement that has been exposed to the elements for 2000 years.
Q. WHAT TYPE OF MATERIALS IS USED TO CREATE THE SCULPTURE?
A. Exterior walls are Type S Portland Cement mixed with sand and interior walls are a combination of Gauging Plaster, finished lime and perlite. Exterior walls are durable to wind, rain, and heat and cold. Interior walls can be damaged by extensive water contact and moisture exposed areas over long periods of time.
Q. WHAT KIND OF WALL SURFACES CAN SCULPTURE BE APPLIED TO?
A. Concrete block, brick, stone, drywall or just about any modern construction material.
It is recommended to prep the surface with wire lath which acts as a flat armature.
Q. IS IT EXPENSIVE AND TIME CONSUMING?
A. No. Because the sculpture can be applied in a relatively short period of time and sets up within hours allowing the more material to be added in a timely fashion. What is important is the skill of the artistís knowledge of the material and how to apply it.
Q. WHO DESIGNS THE SCULPTURE?
A. The artist designs the artwork after discussing a theme, subject and the use of the wall for either public or private use. After every one is satisfied with the design the work begins using a blueprint and grid system to ensure a perfect match to scale. Lighting is also part of the design. The final work can be dramatic and something everyone can enjoy viewing for years to come. The art is also very durable making for a stronger constructed wall, sound proofing, fire retarding, insulation and weather protection.