Resilience

155 x 250 x 296 cm (H x W x L)
bronze
2019 - 2021

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A detail of the finished Resilience © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

From 2019 to 2021, Factum Arte worked with Paula Crown on the production of a bronze version of her celebrated ‘JOKESTER’ sculpture: titled Resilience, it reinvents the crushed and compacted form of a Solo cup in a new medium.

Resilience forms part of her #SOLOTOGETHER series that alludes to the devastating environmental impact of single-use plastics. The bronze sculpture extends the artist’s intention to memorialise the collective suffering experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding us of humankind’s resilience and ability to transfer energy even through the most mundane of objects.

Factum Arte conducted a high-resolution scan of Solo red cup using photogrammetry. The 3D model was scaled 27:1 and CNC-milled in sections in polyurethane. The finer elements, such as the creases and wrinkles of the plastic cup, were sanded and sculpted into the surface by hand. A fine surface filler was applied to the milled sections to create a smooth surface in preparation for the moulding process.

Each moulded section was then sent to the foundry to be cast in bronze, and then welded together, using air tools to restore the details lost during the process. The text and symbols featured at the base of the cup were chased by hand and the interior section of the cup was mirror polished.

In the final phases of the production, the external surface of the bronze sculpture was patinated with silver nitrate and treated with lacquer to protect it from rainfall, humidity and prevent oxidation. The finished work was then fitted to its base.

Original crushed Solo cup © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Original crushed Solo cup © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

3D model of the cup © Factum Arte

3D model of the cup © Factum Arte

Juan Carlos Arias working on one of the sections of the 3D printed cup © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Preparing each section for moulding and then casting © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Aniuska Martin refining the details of the writing and the symbols on the bottom of the cup © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Cast cup at Fademesa, before final polishing © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Cast cup at Fademesa, before final polishing © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Charlie Westgarth and Nikolas Kaparos during the patination and final varnishing of the sculpture

Charlie Westgarth and Nikolas Kaparos during the patination and final varnishing of the sculpture © Eduardo Lopez for Factum Arte

Detail of the finished surface after patination with silver nitrate and protective lacquer © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the finished surface after patination with silver nitrate and protective lacquer © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the mirror polishing © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

The finished Resilience on its base © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

The finished Resilience on its base © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

The finished Resilience on its base © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte


 

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