This sculpture, entitled “On the Way to Heaven“, is one of my favourite ones. It represents the concept that one person can help another to raise to higher spiritual states. That someone may assist another to elevate above the materialistic molasses in which we, in the current society, have swamped.
I’d love to tell you the challenge it was to model it.
As you probably know, in order to make a bronze sculpture, the model is first done in clay, to then take a cast of it in wax and finally found it in metal.
As usual, I made a wire structure and I started modelling the piece. I made progress, little by little over a few days. Of course, the more I added clay, the more it weighed.
To my amazement, one morning the sculpture had collapsed. The weigh had been too much. I had to un-make it so as to reinforce the wire structure, after which I remodeled it from the beginning.
Then, one afternoon in which I wasn’t present, uninvited sun rays sneaked in the studio and hugged the piece. The material softened and the poor work of art down it went once more.
I realised the fine and thin pose and figures were not going to withstand their own weight, so I built an external metal structure with an upside down “L” shape, so the piece would hang from this “bridge”, avoiding the force of gravity from causing havoc once again.
In this way I was finally able to complete the model. Hurrah!
Some time later the poet Claudia Moscovici wrote a presentation for this work. I’m copying it below. I hope you enjoy it.
“On the Way to Heaven” represents the spirituality of passionate love.