A Case Study—Changing Existing Work

Resculpting A Stone Doorway

I was asked if I could remove two dog faces holding up garlands of flowers carved in the limestone frieze around the front door of a house in La Jolla. I created a design which would match the rest of the carving but keeping the relief at the same height. I achieved this by making a clay model of the existing area of each dog's head and then carving it away into a new design consisting of flowers, leaves and ribbons retaining as much as possible of the old and blending in to the rest of the existing relief decoration.

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Transforming The Image

The photographs tell the story: I examined and measured the existing image, then created a clay model of the existing image and carved it into the new design, I then carved the stone to the modified image.