Guadalupe is an over-life-size 9.5 foot bronze sculpture that is in the final steps of reaching her completion. When finished, she will be 1000 pounds and have enclosed structural components that will be able to support all of her weight as well as environmental factors, such as strong winds. This piece was sculpted to honor the original Guadalupe, within one millimeter of the original painting.
Currently, she is in the “metal-chasing” stage of the artistic process, where skilled workers weld the pieces of the sculpture back together to make it appear as though the sculpture was never in pieces before. This is also an interesting and important part of the final stages of completion because texture and detail are added back to the piece, as if it was never welded before. This is crucial to maintaining the artistic expression and integrity of the sculpture as I created it in the beginning stages.
After the laborious process of metal chasing, she will go to coloring. I chose to color her with the original palette of the painting. It is an exciting time when sculptures reach this phase and they begin to come to life.