A full gallery in the middle of Torrey, here you will see how bronze statues are created and find some wonderful craft items from native American artists.
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This statue is a great attraction at night for tourists. The gallery is located right along the main road through Torrey and the lights shine on this work and people can not help but stop and view the lifesize work.
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A master craftsman, Mike has been creating bronze works for years. He got tired of the city life and found himself in the country.
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John is from the area and has learned the skills of casting in Bronze.
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The Indians still fight on the main drag of Torrey.
Visitors to Torrey Utah startle at the sight of two full-sized Indians in hand-to-hand combat, until they notice that the combatants are atop painted horses in a lighted, glass-enclosed room.
The Indians are a creation of artist R.G. Finney and the showpiece of the Lost in Time Gallery. Owners Tom Hunt and Mike Rubeck built a 400-square-foot glass enclosure to house the lifelike piece.
The main gallery is filled with original paintings, sculptures and hand-woven rugs. Some of the finest sculptors in America have their work on display.
The highlight of a visit to the gallery is a tour of the working foundry, which Mike Rubeck opened to the public so that visitors can see exactly how a bronze piece is cast.
The foundry uses the “lost wax” method of casting. The art arrives in its original form as clay, wood, or even plaster, and the first step in the actual casting process is the creation of a rubber mold taken directly from that original work.
The rubber mold is removed from the original piece and wax is poured into the mold, making a wax piece of art identical to the original. This process is repeated for each copy the artist wishes to have. If the artist wishes to have 10 in the edition, 10 wax patterns are created from the rubber mold. A ceramic shell is then created around the wax patterns, using a very expensive slurry for the molds. The ceramic shell dries and becomes greenware. The wax is still in the core of the piece.
Next they place the greenware in a kiln and fire it. Intense heat forces the greeware to become ceramic and burns the wax off, leaving a cavity the exact shape of the original piece of art. Because the wax is lost, the process is called the “lost wax method”.
The ceramic shell is now ready to be poured full of molten bronze. Once the bronze hardens, the ceramic casing is removed and the final statue is ready for cleaning and sale.
Amongst all the geologic wonders of Southern Utah it is fun to find a cultural wonder so interesting as the Lost in Time Gallery.
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