During its history Sculpture Casting Services has been manufacturing bronzes for well-known sculptors and artists from around the world, casting from the smallest to the largest sculptures. Their ability to embrace and deploy innovation and the latest technology in the company’s manufacturing environment has enabled them to stick out amongst the crowd.
The recent merger of Sculpture Casting Services and Bronze Age Art Foundry along with moving into a much larger facility in the V&A Waterfront has had many benefits for the art and bronze foundry. The new space has made it easier for the foundry to manage and assemble larger sculptures. Included in Sculpture Casting Services facilities is 3D scanning, printing, file modification and archiving, CNC router services, reverse engineering, sculpture enlargement, rapid prototyping and custom architectural mouldings.
Sculpture Casting Services was recently commissioned to manufacture Brett Murray’s bronze sculpture of two bulls standing back-to-back
Bronze Age and Sculpture Casting Services completed the Brett Murray bonze collectively. The finished black patinated bronze sculpture weighs around 1.6 tons
“We are very excited with the opening of this new facility and its unique concept that not only seeks to enhance the experience of visitors but gives us the opportunity to showcase our expanded and extensive manufacturing processes that we believe no other art foundry can offer in South Africa,” said Warren Knight, one of the brothers of the family business that was founded in the 90’s by Robert Knight, who was later joined by Warren and their other brother Bruce.
“With many sculptors looking to South Africa for quality foundry work and affordability due to the weakening rand we believe that we are now in a position to offer them a complete package, and more.”
“Sculpture Casting Services has grown from small beginnings to one of the largest fine-art foundry and fabrication facilities in Africa. The business has seen some major transformations in the past few years culminating in the opening of the new foundry in the V&A Waterfront vicinity in October 2016.”
With all these processes and skills on hand the company continues to be associated with South Africa’s leading artists and sculptors. A recent interesting project was with artist Brett Murray.
“We were commissioned to cast a bronze sculpture of two bulls standing back-to-back for Brett. We cast the panels in resin sand moulds, with phenomenal success. The quality of the work has recently been compared to that of Jeffrey Koons, a huge compliment to both the artist and the foundries who did the work collectively – Bronze Age and Sculpture Casting Services. The finished black patinated bronze sculpture weighs around 1.6 tons,” said Warren Knight.
The seminal piece has been the main draw card at Murray’s Again Again exhibition that was held in March 2017. The immense bronze sculpture of the two bulls standing back-to-back. The piece literally took over the main space at CIRCA Gallery, one of the venues where Murray held his exhibition, the other being the Everaad Reed Gallery in Johannesburg
In the foundry casting components for bronze sculptures
The seminal piece has been the main draw card at Murray’s Again Again exhibition that was held in March 2017. The immense bronze sculpture of the two bulls standing back-to-back. The piece literally took over the main space at CIRCA Gallery, one of the venues where Murray held his exhibition, the other being the Everaad Reed Gallery in Johannesburg.
Another project that Sculpture Casting Services has been commissioned to cast artists work for is the National Heritage Monument (NHM) project.
Beyers Naude is one of the South Africans that forms part of the parade of bronze sculptures of human figures in the National Heritage Monument project in Fountains Valley in Pretoria
Helen Joseph is another South African in the parade of figures that make up the National Heritage Monument project. The bronze is in production stage and a completed bronze appears in the parade
“It’s a parade of bronze sculptures of human figures, those who influenced / shaped the history of the country according to Dali Tambo, Chief Executive Officer, National Heritage Project Company (NHPC). The parade currently has about 80 figures walking in a time line of when they played their respective roles in the course of South African history. Ultimately there will be between 400 and 500 life size figures in the parade, in Fountains Valley in Pretoria.”
“This project has the good spin off for the artists from all over South Africa, as well as the art foundries. Sculpture Casting Services, due to its long history of working closely with so many of South Africa’s best artists and has in turn had the privilege of getting the bulk of the work, aims to continue in this remarkable relationship between the NHP, the artists, as well as assisting in the development of black artists, like Xhanti Mpakama.”