Did you know that a life-size bronze sculpture of a man entitled ‘L’Homme Qui Marche I’ by Alberto Giacometti was sold at auction at Sotheby’s in London about this time last year for the world record price of £65,001,250.
Ok, what do you do with some pipe cleaners, a bit of foil, some old plasticine, PVA glue and some metallic paint? Well here at the Art Cabin we studied the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and set about re-creating our own versions.
Each statue needs aproximately ten x 30cms pipe cleaners, 3 for each leg, 2 for the head/body and 2 for the arms. Twist the pipe cleaners together to form thicker pipe cleaners for each body part. Connect each leg together by twisting at the top. To create the head, scrunch a square of foil into a ball shape. Bend 2 twisted pipe cleaners in half and wrap them around the foil head and twist tightly underneath to form a neck, twist the remainder of the ends around the top part of the legs, this will form the body. With the last two pipe cleaners, wrap them around the body section to form the arms.
Cut strips of foil approx 3cms wide and use these to wrap your sculpture (like a mummy). Larger foil squares are needed for the head and feet. Roll 2 pieces of plasticine into sausage shapes, fold in half and wrap around each leg, mould the plasticine up the leg to form the ankle. Cover the feet with squares of foil.
Give your sculpture a coat of PVA glue and when it has dried sponge on some copper metallic acrylic paint. Finally sponge some dark brown poster paint over the top and bend you sculpture into its final pose.
Voila, your own cost effective version of a masterpiece.