Thursday, November 19, 2009

Michael Vick - Player of the Year






This is a Trophe sculpture, a cause for animals, that is based on the American football quarter back for the Philidelphia Eagles, in the National Football League, Michael Vick, who was recently arrested for participating in illegal dog fighting tournaments. This sculpture portrays the results of his actions. I modeled this entire piece from clay. I first started off by modeling all 4 limbs, the head and the body separetely. Once this was done, i cut all the parts in half to hollow them out, and joined them back together. I then joined the parts of the dog together and left it to get leather hard to carve the details of the dogs fur, the teeth, the cuts and stitches as well as Michael Vick's jersey and the shoulder pads. I then colored the fur of the dog with oxides, the jersey with a red under-glaze and the "blood" around the mouth with a cherry red under-glaze. I then hand coiled the podium on which the dog sits, Luted the dog to the podium and bisque fired the piece. The "block of wood" on which the dog on the podium sits, was slab-built into a cube of clay, which is hollow as well. The inside of this hollow block has 2 slabs of clay, which i joined in the form of a 90˚ angle cross and joined the edges of it to the inside walls, for support, to prevent distortion in the firing. I then left the block to dry past the leather hard stage and carved the detail of the wood onto the surface. After bisque firing, i rubbed Manganese dioxide and red iron oxide onto the surface to create the appearance of wood and fired it to 1060˚C to harden the oxides to the surface. The gold plate on the block of wood was measured and cut from a leather hard slab of clay. On either side of this plate are carved nails to indicate that they are holding the plate to the wood. I then carved out the writing, which says, "Michael Vick - Player of the year." Once his was done, i bisqued and glaze fired it to 1120˚C. I then applied a gold lustre to the surface and fired it to 750˚C. Gold also resembles first place. In Michael Vick's case, he has achieved a gold trophe for the abuse of animals, which is quite ironic. This sculpture is not to show that he is a victum, but the number one abuser of animals.

43 comments:

  1. When everything is coming your way, you are in the wrong lane.............................................

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  2. 我只知道,假如我去愛人生,那人生一定也會回愛我........................................

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  3. A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth. .........................................

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  4. 要像鐵鎚和釘子一樣,永遠向著定點努力。......................................................

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  5. 行動養成習慣,習慣培養人格,人格影響命運..................................................

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  6. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」......................................................................

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  7. 知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。.................................................................

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  8. 人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德............................................................

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  9. 人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份..................................................

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  10. 實在是太完美了!非常感谢!给心心!(〃ω〃)............................................................

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  11. 人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份..................................................

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  12. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................

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  13. 教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考......................................................................

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  14. 困難的不在於新概念,而在於逃避舊有的概念。......................................................................

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