Thursday, January 18, 2018

#141, Present Arms, Honor Guard (US Army) clay

The latest life size clay sculpture is this US Army Honor Guard that will be cast in bronze and permanently installed about 30 feet from the US Marine Honor Guard (completed a couple of months ago) for a Veterans park in Nebraska. Since I had sculpted the first Honor Guard in the exact same pose I was able to modify the clay for this sculpture without having to tear off the clay from the armature. This sculpture is a WWII era honor guard and it was interesting noting the differences in how they used to wear their uniforms back in the 1940’s. I particularly like the slight tilt of the cap that seemed to be common in the military back then.

Present Arms clay
Present Arms Honor Guard (Army), clay for bronze by Sutton Betti

Saturday, November 11, 2017

#140, Norfolk Veterans Home unveiling

On Sunday, November 5 the Korean War memorial and World War II memorial at Norfolk Veterans Home (both additions to Norfolk Veterans Home) were unveiled. The ceremony paid tribute to our service men and women from the Korean War and WWII and included ribbon cutting, various speakers and a fly over. 

The eagle and flag sculpture measures 58" tall and weighs 290 lbs. The bronze statue sits on top of a 9 foot tall black granite and concrete column with laser etched text and images from major battles during World War II. 

The Korean War soldier statue measures 68 1/2" tall and weighs about 150 lbs. The aluminum sculpture sits on top of a 8 foot tall black granite and concrete column with laser etches text and images from major battles during the Korean War. 

WWII memorial
WWII Memorial "Bald Eagle with American Flag", Norfolk Veterans Home, Norfolk, NE 2017

Korean War soldier
Korean War Memorial "The Forgotten Soldier", Norfolk Veterans Home, Norfolk, NE 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#139, preparation for installing in Norfolk

Next week I will be installing three sculptures: Freedom Wings, Bald Eagle and Flag and the Forgotten Soldier. The sculptures will be permanently installed at two Veterans Parks in Nebraska. 

Freedom Wings will be cantilevered on a granite column 17 feet above the ground. The life size female American bald eagle will be perched above a beautifully designed Veterans Park in Nebraska about to take flight. The 250 pound bronze sculpture is our symbol for freedom and strength and will soar above the park for many many years.

Bald Eagle with Flag is a 5 foot tall bronze sculpture that will be installed on top of a nine foot tall black granite column with laser etched images from WWII on the sides. The six sided column will also have laser etched words describing significant battles during the war, such as the Battle of Normandy.

Korean War Soldier, aka The Forgotten Soldier, is a statue of a life size soldier on the frontline during the Korean War. The aluminum sculpture will be permanently installed at the same sight as the Bald Eagle with Flag representing the Korean War on top of a similar black granite column representing that war. Laser etched images and text will represent scenes from the Korean War.

Friday, October 6, 2017

#138, details details details

The other day when I was putting on some small detail work my friend asked what in the heck was I doing? "Working on details" was my reply. "Everyone LOVES details." And this sculpture of a US Marine Honor Guard has a lot of them. There are Marine emblems of different sizes on the belt buckle, cap, buttons on the jacket and collar. In addition to all of the detail work that had to placed just right, there was symmetry to deal with, something that is always challenging on a sculpture. Feet together, shoulders square, eyes straight forward. It's all of these little things (as well as the big things like composition and the silhouette) that make a sculpture really good. If there is symmetry involved it needs to be done really well. If there is detail work such as emblems those also need to be nicely done. Details such as those help bring people closer to the sculpture and connect people allowing them to admire the sculpture for a longer period of time. And the goal is always to capture peoples attention for the longest period of time.

Honor Guard Presenting Arms (US Marine) by Sutton Betti, detail 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

#137, Present Arms clay sculpture

Honor Guard Present Arms by Sutton Betti
This life size sculpture of a Marine Honor Guard will be cast in bronze and installed at the entrance to a veterans park, along with his twin brother of an Army Honor Guard. There is still more clay work to do, but it’s mostly there. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

#136, Kneeling soldier with folded flag

remembering with folded flag
Kneeling Soldier with Folded Flag, clay for bronze

remembering with folded flag
Kneeling Soldier with Folded Flag, clay for bronze

The kneeling soldier that I made a couple of years ago was designed to have his hand against a wall, head bowed as if remembering a fallen soldier, perhaps a friend. Recently a client asked if I could make one incorporating a folded flag and modifying the arms so he doesn't have to be placed against a vertical wall. I said no problem and cast a plaster of the torso and head (without the arms) so that I could resculpt the new changes. When finished the full figure bronze sculpture will be kneeling in front of a battlefield cross. The folded flag, I believe, will add a touching tribute to a soldier remembering a family member, perhaps his own father.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#135, waxes of Eagle and Flag sculpture

Eagle and Flag, waxes for bronze casting

Yesterday, I went to Art Castings of Colorado foundry to look over the waxes for my eagle and flag sculpture. The main purpose of such a visit is to make sure the quality of the waxes are good since casting in wax usually produces imperfections. I was very happy with how they came out, especially the talons on the eagle as those were of concern since the mold fit tight around them and I thought they might have broken off. The waxes are now off to the spruing room where they will get prepped for bronze casting.