Norman Gardner is able to work closely with a client to produce exactly the piece that the client desires.  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.  Here, Gardner presented a paper 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, that 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 at a foundry that Gardner has worked with for years.  A foundry is required because stainless steel is extremely hard material to shaped.  Below are images taken during the process of fabrication of the individual pieces and the polishing process.

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Once all of the separately constructed pieces are fabricated, joined and polished, the sculpture was set on a base and shipped to its destination in Palo Alto, Californiat.  Here Norman Gardner oversees the installation of the finished sculpture at the school and receives a dedication certificate of appreciation from the school, when the sculpture is unveiled.

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Celebration is now viewable outside the entrance of the Hausner School in Palo Alto, at 450 San Antonio Road, near Middlefield. If you are interested in commission a new work from Norman Gardner, please contact us at:  normansgardner@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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