The first NONOS sculpture is cast: The emergence of a silver ladyOur little Sky was chosen for this project. Of course we carefully sanded her down for the casting to avoid irregularities such as dents during the making of the print. Now it can start, a print of Sky is being made, in which her sister will be created from aluminium.
The metal is already being heated in the furnace and with excitement we watch the men at the factory as they go about their work. We ask if it’s alright to take a picture.
The moment has arrived: the new Sky is still in her mould and is just waiting to come into the world. Finally she gets freed from her sand mould, which is destroyed during the process. Thus it’s only usable once. Now our Sky in white too may admire her metal image, which receives a nice patina as a finish and is now shining in bright silver.
Some of you might now ask yourselves: why the cast?
The answer is a purely practical one: in public our sculptures have to endure a lot more than in private areas. That’s why it’s important that we can offer our customers sculptures of any size, which can not only withstand the weather but also human influences. That way it’s possible to install our NONOS in a city, in public gardens, parks and promenades. Our little Sky is the beginning and shows us how a NONOS can appear as a cast sculpture. But for the future we can also imagine sculptures from three to four metres in height.
For those interested: how does sand casting work?
As the name implies, moulds of sand are used and are destroyed after a single use. A print of the object that is being cast is made in sand for the mould. Afterwards the molten metal is cast into the cavity, where it solidifies. The sand of the destroyed mould can be processed and reused for new moulds.
Our partner for the creation os Sky was Becker Guss in Vienna.