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Lost Wax, Found Bronze: The Art and Technique of Lost Wax Bronze Casting


Conference: 
MW2008
Institution: 
National Museum of Wildlife Art (http://wildlifeart.org/)
Designer: 
eduweb
Why: 

Lost Wax Found Bronze is a rich multimedia interactive reference site that details the process of lost wax bronze casting through images and video of the creation of a bronze by wildlife sculptor Gerry Balciar. While other online resources describe the bronze casting process, none document it visually with high quality video of the entire sequence of steps in the process. Lost Wax Found Bronze is also unique in its focus on the skill of the foundry artisans who work on giving the artist's vision its final shape. The target audience is high school and community college fine art and vocational students who benefit from a concrete, visually compelling presentation. The site was developed in consultation with a high school material science teacher to ensure the suitability and accuracy of the content for the intended audience. The National Museum of Wildlife Art is a small museum with a small education staff, and worked on raising the funds for several years to complete the project, making it eligible for a Small Museum award.

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Year: 
2008