In 2016, motivated by the desire to find a fitting classical centerpiece to adorn my wife’s new garden, I began researching classical sculpture related to nature’s inherent beauty. Remembering the myths of Aphrodite and her Roman counterpart, Venus, the goddess of fertility, agricultural bounty and springtime, I decided it would be appropriate to honor that spirit.
Shortly afterwards, the the goddess’s true influence presented itself. During our visit to the produce department of our local Thriftway I found a version of nature’s sculpture, neatly bundled in the vegetable displays:
Thus, I wrapped my best small rendition of the classical Venus deMilo inside a 18″ clay maquette of a sensually-sinuous bundle of asparagus. She fit nicely inside the column [ed. note: Remember that Aphrodite was the mother of Priapus]
Then, working with Classic Foundry associates Ion Onutan and Grigoriy Reva, we refined my model.
We then CAD-scanned the model and used our CNC to cut the form into industrial-grade foam a 13 foot, full-scale version. Grigoriy Reva worked the fine details of Aphrodite’s face:
We coated the foam core with clay,
textured it, and then created multiple latex and plaster molds.
Into the molds we poured 96 separate 18×18″ bronze component pieces,
and then welded them together over an internal frame
We “chased” the welds, and applied patina to complete the work.
In 2018, we celebrated the installation in Barbara’s garden on Maury Island with a great unveiling party.
We hope you will visit her sometime.