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motorcycle-related products and accessories with our visitors. This
little gem definitely meets both criteria. It's a brand-new design
entitled "The Paddock", and it was cast at the Amu Sculptures studio in East
Carlton, Leicestershire, England.
Amu Sculptures is owned by Paul and Muriel Sims. Paul Sims claims
that he "recently discovered" his sculpting talent, and combined with
Muriel's business skills, they decided to make a go of it.
All I can say is that I wish I could suddenly discover a latent artistic
streak like that would allow me to be this creative! Unfortunately, I
can barely connect two dots together and make a straight line, so I don't
think it will happen any time soon. Which is why I've always been in
awe of such artistically talented people...
I first became aware of Amu Sculptures' designs via an email from Muriel
Sims. The many different motorcycle-related pieces for sale on their
website have a wonderful and whimsical appeal, demonstrating that Paul has
found not only a talent but he's also developed a unique personal style.
Amu Sculptures offers pieces that reflect a range of motorcycle history.
Some of the work, like the work shown in these photos, is a rendition of
modern design, but there are also many pieces that illustrate the rich
history of motorcycling. I envy Paul's ability and his passion, and I
can picture him in his studio conjuring up a new idea, and then bringing it
to life for others to enjoy.
The sculptures are made entirely by Paul, from the design through the
creation of the master sculpture and then on to the casting process.
Each piece is individually cast in a material called
Durastone, which is
an aggregate used for architectural and artistic sculptures. Paul then
hand finishes each piece with a pewter-like finish that gives them an
heirloom quality reminiscent of metal while endowing them with a sort of
dreamy take on reality.
example is called The Paddock, and it weighs in at 506 grams, or 1 lb., 2
oz. The bike itself is about 14 cm long (5-1/2") and about 85 mm high
at the tail 3-5/16"), and the separate base is about 17 cm long (6-11/16")
and 60 mm (2-3/8") wide.
The finish is what brings these pieces of art together. It isn't
apparent in these photos, because a camera and especially the low resolution
available on a web page can't due it justice.
But the piece has a real
texture that's reminiscent of an aged metal casting, and the wonderful combination of
light and dark accents gives it a dimensional depth.
Certain areas of the bike are highlighted, and
the antiqued reflective surfaces create a shine and a patina that catches
the eye differently every time the light changes in the room. I'm not
an art critic by any means, but I think this adds a great deal of interest
and appeal to the piece.
Some of the available motorcycle pieces have figures of riders on board, which
also help capture the feeling of movement and flow. And several of the
items can be customized according to the individual owner's tastes or for
use as trophies, which would be a wonderful idea for something new and
different for shows or rallies. There are even motorcycles that have a
built in clock, which would be perfect for the desk or the office.
Amu Sculptures also offers renditions of historically significant
automobiles and some interesting-looking cast candle holders. The
factory is located on the grounds of the East Carlton countryside park and
the items can be purchased over the counter or through the Amu Sculptures
website. The prices seem very reasonable, especially considering the
amount of detailing that must be involved.
I'm really impressed with Paul's work. The Paddock miniature sits
on a shelf above my desk, and it draws many comments from visitors.
Something about the finish seems to make people want to touch the piece,
which is a bit dicey, because works of art are meant to offer visual rather
than tactile appreciation.
Owning a work of art can provide one with countless hours of pleasure, so
why shouldn't the subject be motorcycles?
Review: "The Paddock" by Amu Sculptures
Retail Price: £10.00, plus S&H. Prices vary, depending upon design, from about
£5 to £50
have a hand applied pewter-like finish. Some customization available.
Comments: Motorcycle sculptures, hand made and cast in
Durastone. Each piece is hand finished. Modern and
historical designs available. Prices are reasonable. Finish
has a texture and depth that compliments the designs.
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