Father Tony Frey from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church,in Curtin, Australian Capital Territory, commissioned a sculpture of St Anthony of Padua in 2013
|St Mary MacKillop
|St Anthony of Padua
I researched the subject and made some sketches for the sculpture and also made several small maquettes to work out the possible placement of the Baby Jesus.
|Maquette 1 in clay
|Maquette 2 in plasticine
|Maquette 3 in Plasticine
The sculpture needed to be about the same size as the Mary MacKillop sculpture as the plinths were the same size.
I proposed to have a life sized bust of St Anthony wearing the traditional habit of a Franciscan Monk.
He would be depicted in his early 30's with a tonsure hairstyle and would be holding the Christ Child in his hands and be looking at the child whilst the child would be looking forward with his hand lifted.
I began with St Anthony and worked on his habit and the tilt of his head.
and attached it to St Anthony
|Working the child to fit with the body of the monk
|Modelling hand and arm positions
Looking at hand positions
Whilst working on this piece I worked with two families with young boys 12 months old.
I needed the fathers to hold their sons in a comfortable position. I was able to photograph them and work out the best position for the sculpture of the Christ child.
The work had to be shipped to a foundry in Victoria so the sculpture was photographed then wrapped in Gladwrap and foam to be picked up by a carrier to be shipped 900km to the foundry.
|Happy with hands
The foundry received the sculpture in good order and began moulds of the sculpture.
I flew to Melbourne to look at the work after casting.
|St Anthony at the foundry
|Sand blasting before patination
The cast is sand blasted before patination .
|Heating St Anthony for further Patination
|The colours of patination need adjusting.
The blessing of the sculpture was on March 29th 2014.