Romeo and Juliet by Steve Tobin

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This pair of large sculptures are made by casting tree roots in bronze. Artist Steve Tobin excavates the entire root structures and then makes several flexible rubber molds that capture the intricate shapes and detail of the roots. He uses the rubber mold to make a wax shell that he covers in a heat-resistant ceramic material and fills it with melted bronze. Tobin uses a bright-red patina to finish these sculptures. The two sculptures are installed together so that they are almost touching limbs and named after the star-crossed lovers in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

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