Story of the Weathervane
In 1998 Osmundsen won the New Hampshire % Percent for Art Competition Award for his Weathervane design "Sighting the Course" to be placed on the Cupola of the newly built Welcome Center, in Seabrook, New Hampshire, on I-95 N.
The 'Ancient Mariner' is sighting an early Sextant or Octant, which the artist researched and examined at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic CT.
The sculpting process requires direct forming of copper sheets which are then braze welded together. The forming process know as 'Repousse' which is French, meaning 'to push out' is executed by hammering the copper sheet into a negative mold. These sections are then assembled and welded into place.
Coloring the Copper Statue is known as 'Patina'.
When you have a new copper penny, that is the way the copper sheet looks before and after it is formed and cleaned. Copper naturally reacts to various chemical compounds, i.e. Nitrates;- Copper Ferric Bismuth. Those three aforementioned would turn copper to 1) Blue-green, 2) Red-Brown 3) White.
The Armature and turning setup.
Inside the 'Mariner sculpture' is a copper tube framework known as an 'Armature;. It is not unlike your skeletal system, however at a center balance point and transiting from the 'Hat and Head' down through the left leg and foot is a copper tube;- closed on top and open at the foot, it accommodates a stainless steel solid rod which is fixed well within the cupola. The top of the rod is cupped with a ball bearing with rotates on the closed shaft, at the head.
"Sighting the Course for Seacoast New Hampshire" NH Welcome Center, Seabrook NH (c) W. Osmundsen
Sculptor, Bill Osmundsen takes a final face to face look at his newly fabricated Mariner. Outfitted as Sailors' centuries ago the mariner handles an early triangular sextant which the Artist research at Mystic Seaport.
When drive north on I-95N be sure to stop a the NH Welcome Center.
'Sighting the Course' Bronze
Cast by the Artist at his Studio & Foundry
on loan at the Welcome Ctr.,
See this work inside the Welcome Center.
Commissioned by NH State Liquor Commission, Department of Transportation, NEA and the NH State Art Council
From a NH %Percent for Art Competion
The Copper Boat awaits final rigging and other detail such as cannons, a lookout and water. All built and added by a method known as Copper Repousse.
The copper has been colored with a Patina process and coated with a final lacquer. A third Vane depicting the Moon is not visable in this photo.
Original Drawings were submitted as the
designs for the threes Weathervanes.
Picture Above: One year later, the Arts Council requested for me to make the display, immediately in our background. Walter Liff on your right, was another participating artist for the newly built NH Liquor Store. Director of the NH Arts Council, center.
I'm pictured on your left, Bill Osmundsen.
JOHN PAUL JONES TOPSAIL SLOOP
Maquette was presented to NH Governor
NH Governor Steven Merrill is hosted by The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce's 'Governor's Day'.
Portsmouth Mayor, Eileen Foley presented Gov. Merrill
with a Maquette in Copper of Osmundsen's "Privateer",
Commissioned for the event by GPCC.
The Sculptor donated his work for the event.