Shiva



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The model, Steve, is placed in position. Though his right hand will not be cast until later, he holds a rope so that the upper arm will be in the correct position.

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Alginate impression material is carefully applied.

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The entire torso and left hand are cast in this session.

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Cotton is embedded into the wet alginate.

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The excess cotton is removed.

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Plaster gauze creates a shell or mother mold.

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The mold is cast with three layers of Ultracal-30, a US Gypsum cement.

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Steve’s right arm is cast in 360 degrees.

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The mold is removed from his arm.

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The forearm mold is cast with Ultracal-30 and a rod is embedded for attachment to the torso.

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The process of alginate, cotton, and plaster gauze is repeated to cast Steve’s right and left arms again. Note the wooden rod, which holds a place for a trident.

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The right and left arms are cast in Ultracal-30 cement.

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The three arms are fitted around the torso. Where’s the head?

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Ashlee, the artist’s daughter, will be the face of Shiva.

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The model holds straws to facilitate breathing during the 12-minute process.

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Alginate and cotton cover Ashlee’s face.

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The excess cotton is removed.

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Plaster gauze creates a mother mold.

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The negative mold creates a 3D illusion.

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Ashlee’s face is cast in gypsum (Ultacal-30)

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The face is fitted to the sculpture.

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The finished statue of “Shiva the Destroyer.”

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Ashlee mugs for the camera at the opening of Hitchcock’s exhibition “MYTH.”