Freedom, Bronze Maquette


Freedom, Bronze Maquette


Freedom, Bronze Maquette by Zenos Frudakis

In the process of creating the full-size Freedom sculpture, a smaller-scale clay model was created. This rough model is known as a maquette, the French word derived from the Italian macchietta, meaning sketch. Artists create maquettes to visualize the composition, testing the juxtaposition and interplay of shapes. With monumental public sculptures, such as the Freedom bronze installed in Philadelphia, maquettes can be important tools of communication with clients. Freedom's original clay maquette was used to show clients at GSK World Headquarters how the final sculpture would look and integrate with its surroundings. (This maquette was ultimately integrated into the final sculpture, appearing in the lower left corner.)

While maquettes may appear rougher than the finished life size bronze, they carry the essence and emotion of the completed sculpture. This sculptural sketch illustrates the creative process and conceptual approach of the artist. Such insights are valuable because maquettes can show how an artistic idea developed into the final sculpture. Therefore maquettes are sought by museums and collectors. Some museums, such as the Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta, Italy, exhibit only maquettes.

The original clay maquette for the Freedom public sculpture has been cast in bronze and is now available for purchase. Each maquette cast is individually poured to order.


Zenos Frudakis is a figurative sculptor whose subjects include portraits of living and historical individuals and poetic/philosophical sculpture with a post-modern sensibility. He lives and works near Philadelphia. His works—often of monumental size—are on display at Brookgreen Gardens, The Lotos Club of New York City, the Utsukushi ga-hara Open Air Museum in Japan, the National Academy of Design, and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa—as well as corporations, institutions, and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Dimensions: 8 inches high by 12 inches long
Wood Base: 3/4 inches high, 3 inches deep, 13 inches long
Total Dimensions: 13 inches long, 3 3/4 inches high, 3 inches deep


Price: $4,800 + 6% sales tax ($288) + shipping/handling
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