Captain A. Roy Brown Memorial

The Artist: David Clendining

Summit Studios is owned and operated by David Clendining. Based out of the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Gatineau, Canada), Summit Studios has displays, sculptures and installations in Museums and Public areas across the nation and around the world. David works in all aspects of artistic creation and primarily is focused on 3 things:

  • Design and fabricate museum displays, murals, sculptures and models.
  • Design, carve and fabricate Bronze monuments and stone scuptures.
  • Design and build movie sets, props and FX.

The Design:

The design of the Captain A. Roy Brown statue is currently underway by David. The memorial will consist of a life sized Roy Brown, bronze statue, sitting on the end of a raised stone wall. One of Roy's hands s is extended and holding his Distinguished Service Cross while looking slightly skyward in contemplation. There is a raised area beside Roy for visitors to stand on for photo opportunities. There is a light standard circa industrial 1900 with a metal shade behind Roy. A full sized cast bronze propeller leans against the lamp post. A small area surrounded by a low stone wall representing old WW1 era destroyed buildings completes the memorial.

Bronze Casting Lost Wax Process

Lost-wax process, also called cire-perdue, method of metal casting in which a molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by means of a wax model. Once the mold is made, the wax model is melted and drained away. A hollow core can be effected by the introduction of a heat-proof core that prevents the molten metal from totally filling the mold. Common on every continent except Australia, the lost-wax method dates from the 3rd millennium BC and has sustained few changes since then.

To cast a clay model in bronze, a mold is made from the model, and the inside of this negative mold is brushed with melted wax to the desired thickness of the final bronze. After removal of the mold, the resultant wax shell is filled with a heat-resistant mixture. Wax tubes, which provide ducts for pouring bronze during casting and vents for the noxious gases produced in the process, are fitted to the outside of the wax shell, which may be modeled or adjusted by the artist. Metal pins are hammered through the shell into the core to secure it. Next, the prepared wax shell is completely covered in layers of heat-resistant plaster, and the whole is inverted and placed in an oven. During heating, the plaster dries and the wax runs out through the ducts created by the wax tubes. The plaster mold is then packed in sand, and molten bronze is poured through the ducts, filling the space left by the wax. When cool, the outer plaster and core are removed, and the bronze may receive finishing touches.

How it's Made - Bronze Sculptures

Lost Wax Bronze Casting Process

From Sculpture to Bronze at American Fine Arts Foundry