The Handlers

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Maker: Don Carlos Andrade (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 85989
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Item weight: 563.84 oz.
Size: Approx 18" in height and with a 23" footprint
Description: This bronze sculpture is the exceptional work of knifemaker, stone sculptor and bronze artist, Don Carlos Andrade. It encompasses and represents a period of time when Don Carlos Andrade was active in non-nuclear pursuits, focusing primarily on the long-term problematics of waste from municipal nuclear reactors throughout our country and abroad. The Handlers is in a series that included more than a dozen sculptures and 16 or so wood-block prints.
The Handlers is a one-of-a-kind, unique piece cast in the lost wax method, and truly exemplifies that modality of casting metals in that it was created directly in wax, and then invested, burned-out, and the void filled with molten bronze. Don only had one shot to make the sculpture and fortunately, it turned out beautifully
Within this series Don developed a type of glyph language, shown both in the printwork, and some of which are represented on the bronze pieces themselves. A series of about 24 symbols were "invented" to represent aspects of the nuclear issue, such as guardianship, storage, handling, time, degradation, half-life and so on.
The Handlers is representative of the handling of nuclear material, and the mutated and half-human/half-animal creatures are a throw back to Don's love for Egyptian culture and artwork. The Handlers are shown, one with a containment device, and the other with live fuel, symbols of half-life and other glyphs are seen in and on the details of this piece. The Handlers exhibits a patina of ferric chloride and silver nitrate, and is sealed with wax. The sculpture may run more greenish tones if you live near the sea, and more towards reddish and brown tones if you live in rural areas away form the coast. It is easy to maintain - just clean with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
Each of the figures measures approximately 18" in height and has a footprint of approximately 15 inches. The total combined footprint is approximately 23 inches.

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