CREATIVE PROCESS
broken monolith
Frank’s early work with powerful geometric elements has evolved into more fluid sculpture with curved, gestural forms and a greater sense of motion. The development of actively created cast bronze elements has allowed Frank to emphasize in his sculpture a much freer sense of this dynamic motion, without losing the essential natural, organic quality of the work.
Reverse Curves with Flair
Casting Process-01
  Frank begins his process by fabricating the main geometric elements of a sculpture out of flat metal sheet. He then lays those elements out in a bed of specially treated sand, like laying out puzzle pieces to see how they’ll fit.
     

To simulate the sense of organic forming,
Frank pours molten bronze into the spaces between the fabricated metal elements to thicknesses of 4” – 6”.

  Casting Process-02
Casting Process-03
   
 


Then, while the metal is still in its partially molten state (at temperatures of 1,900 F – 2,000 F), he manipulates it by pulling and shifting the fabricated elements, to which the cast bronze has already begun to bond.

 

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  Casting Process-04
 
Casting Process-05
The rapidly cooling bronze hardens, cracks and sinks in naturalistic patterns, filling the void left by the elements Frank has shifted in a simulation of the larger natural forces of erosion and gravity. This organic forming captures the artist’s desire to portray in sculpture the forces at work in the natural environment.
Casting Process-06
1990 Entropy Column I 0001
In the fountain works, moving water replaces the cast bronze as the apparent natural force which manipulates and shapes the fabricated sculptural elements.Whereas the bronze-and-metal sculptures represent a moment captured in time, with elements frozen in the state of change, the fountain pieces seem to be actively shifting under the dynamic force of the flowing water.

 



Frank Morbillo © 2003