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I designed the Dallas Soars! Pegasus to…

30 Sep 2009 | 11 comments »

I designed the Dallas Soars! Pegasus to meet four major criteria. Safety, logistics, reproduction, and esthetics. Designing for any one of these is difficult at best, combining all four is monumental.

Safety

The statue was designed with children’s safety in mind. There would be no place for a child to be trapped within the legs or anywhere else. If a child tripped or fell against the base, it has a tapered slope to ease action and injury. The wings are straight over the back with the hollow between the wings filled so there would be no place for a child to sit or perch and possibly fall. And yet none of these features would prevent a complete tactile encounter with the public.

Logistics

The statue needed to be portable, and yet when displayed needed to remain stationary. I accomplished this by using the rock or the base as a water tank. When empty the statue weighed about 150 pounds and could easily be moved by one man with a two wheel hand cart. When placed in position the base was filled with water and weighed approximately 700 pounds. This prevented strong winds and weak minds from moving it about.

Reproduction

This was possibly the most difficult part of designing this project and was necessary in order to control production cost. Both the flying and dancing Pegasus were designed to be reproduced in fiberglass. All fiberglass molds are rigid and can only be relieved straight out of each mold. There were a total of 15 molds made to produce each of the two Pegasus. A variety of jigs were also constructed in order to hold the molded parts in place for adhesion. Each Pegasus was constructed much in the same manner as one would build a corvette body. When designing for fiberglass reproduction, one must note, the fewer undercuts, the fewer molds, the fewer molds and jigs, the less production cost. Unfortunately, these projects seem to be more about the money than the art. I was determined to make the viewer unaware of this fact.

Esthetics

Pegasus is a flying horse, so I gave the horse bird-like features.

Birds have large chests and small stomachs. It’s just the opposite for horses. Bird’s nostrils are forward facing as is the Pegasus. Horse’s nostrils are on either side. Cranes leave the ground by bowing bones in their legs and springing upward. I think this is presented most elegantly in the back legs of the dancing Pegasus. The sparrows fold and tuck their legs in flight. Cranes leave their legs stretched straight out behind them. Horses cannot achieve either of these positions naturally.

But with a little artistic license both are represented quite gracefully in the flying Pegasus. Although you can see the shape of the muscles, the mane, feathers and tail and even the cuts in the rocks, it is sculpted in such a way to allow each artist’s brush to flow uninterrupted across every feature.

It was my desire to make the viewer believe this creature could fly, in hopes that their own imagination might soar.

If you would like a Pegasus for your company or yourself please contact me…

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