October 20, 2018

Artist with a comic twist

Here are some photos of the Work-in-Process for the commissioned sculpture, Celebration, that Gardner created for the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto. 

Gardner created a cardboard mock-up of the initial concept for the piece.

This model was sized at 1/3 scale of the full-size final piece.

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Once the 1/3 scale model was approved, Gardner built a full-scale model of Celebration in cardboard.

This enabled him to begin to hone the full-sized balance and fabrication issues.

The following images shows the full-scale model in the artist's dining room.

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After the school approved the full-scale model, fabrication of the pieces in stainless steel was commenced.

Gardner uses a foundry located near him because stainless steel is extremely hard material to shape.

Gardner oversaw the fabrication of the individual pieces and the polishing process.

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All of the separately constructed pieces are joined and polished.

The sculpture was set on a base and shipped to its destination in Palo Alto, California.

Here Norman Gardner oversees the installation of the finished sculpture at the school.

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There was an unveiling of the sculpture on Grandparents' Day.

And a reception for the sculptor and other grandparents hosted by the Gardner family.

Gardner was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the school.

Celebration is now viewable outside the entrance of the Hausner School in Palo Alto, at 450 San Antonio Road, near Middlefield Road.

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