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maquette|model - Venray Netherlands - stainless steel sculpture | construction - tangent circles models by sculptor Lucien den Arend

Venray Netherlands - stainless steel sculpture | construction - tangent circles
wood, steel and paint

a small scale model

The maquette I made for the Venray tangent circles project is probably the smallest one I ever made. On the average monitor this model will be about life size (life size of the model of course - the real sculpture elements are twelve meter long segments of pipe. There is, of course a limit to what is presentable when one makes a proposal. There are the committees which judge your presentation - sitting around a usually large table. So your Maquette, model or mock-up should be either large enough for all to see from their seats or small enough to be able to pass it on.

Then there is the size of your car - or if you travel with public transport, you will have to be able to carry it. These are all quite prosaic criteria, but if you want to be able to do things, there is little choice. Of course the most important criterion is the quality and relevance of the proposal to what is demanded by the situation.

The choice of how to make your cut-out or slice of the location influences the strength of your presentation. I sometimes cut an oblique section out of the location - especially when it is a huge project. But in this case where it was the wall of the building, which had to be used, I made a perpendicular slice of the building and even minimalized it to only have the wall.


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