Concreting the Humanoid

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Empty Mosaic Room

We are moving soon – so all my mosaic supplies have been packed up.¬† ūüė¶ It’s frustrating, especially now that most of the packing is done and we are just waiting till the actual move date.

I needed something to work on – so decided it was time to put concrete on a “humanoid” sculpture I’d made in a class with Sherri Warner Hunter in 2014. ¬†You can see his initial¬†creation in this old post¬†or if you’re interested in a class on¬†how to create these kind of armatures, check out Sherri’s site!

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pre-concrete on left – 1st coat in progress on right


Pre-concrete, he was a metal armature of rebar and wire mesh.  The concrete will be the layer to support future mosaic work.  During the first coat, I had to be careful not to squish it through the mesh but lay it on with just enough pressure so it stays.

After coat 1 dried, some parts reminded me of dried cactus wood! ¬†As a kid I remember collecting cactus wood on trips to California, my humanoid’s arm in this stage brought up those old memories.¬† ūüėÄ

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1st concrete coat arm on left – dried cactus wood on right


Why a humanoid?
I started out with this sculpture wanting an abstract kneeling man – not a true to life man. ¬†After I got his basic structure down and started wrapping him in wire mesh, decided he would be a “humanoid” alien.¬† Perhaps having come to this earth – but not doing well in our atmosphere – falling to his knees – outstretching his arms for help.

Pics below are of him after his 2nd coat of concrete. ¬†I sculpted in some bits of basic face structure as well. ¬†Eventually he’ll be mosaic’d – but that will be a project for a later date. ¬†Was happy to get him fully coated before we moved, but he’s much heavier now – so perhaps that wasn’t the best plan after all! ¬†Oh well, good thing we have strong movers coming to help!