After dancing around last week’s post and firing a few jabs at us with his sketches, sculptor Daniel Monahan’s gloves are off as he brings us images of the realized figure of Sancho and the Ostrich. The Sancho figure has one point of articulation in each of his arms and neck and will be removable from his trusty steed. The ostrich stands 11 inches tall and Sancho hunkers in at 7 inches. Close attention has been paid to the detail thanks to the use of HBX-2 clay, a non-hardening industrial clay that requires a subsequent silicone mold and resin casting. The process of using HBX-2 will be revealed at a later date.
One design challenge for this complex figure has been the balancing act the ostrich has to play in orderto be free-standing with or without Sancho. In order to do this without implementing a secondary support structure to the bird, Daniel meticulously counterweighted the piece as well as engineered a unique design of the feet of the ostrich as to allow for an impressive free standing structure.
The sculpts of both Sancho and the Ostrich are impressive. In particular, the details on the Ostrich are skillfully rendered — especially the fullness in the tail feathers. Sancho, the first figure in the Angels and Gringos series, brings something new to designer vinyl with its artistic refinement, aesthetic and overall subtlety.