Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SLC Winter Olympics 2002

I was commissioned to sculpt giant T-Rex heads, a large Moose head and a large Bison head for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 2001/2002. The T-Rex was sculpted from giant blocks of EPS (styrene) foam and then cast in carbon fiber, as the finished products had to be extremely lightweight to be operable on the giant bom lifts that 'puppeteered' them. The finished products weighed under 20 lbs even though the were 21 feet long and almost 11 feet tall! The Mosse and Bison heads were made of hand bent and welded steel rod with a semi-translucent stretch fabric pulled over them. The work came through Michael Curry Design, in Scappoose, Oregon, where I worked for many years

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