Design and Fabrication of a Sheet Metal Statue: A Symbol of Reflection on Mother and Child Affection
Keywords:statute, fabrication, metal, sculpture, symbolism
It is a common knowledge that lack of knowledge, skills and techniques in the use of some materials still exist among artists in Africa and many parts of the world. This situation has created a challenge for contemporary artists to make use of appropriate methods, techniques and the knowledge available to transform these materials into artifacts. As a result of this challenge, sculptural pieces produced in Africa using metals are not even portrayed in female abstract figures that show most of the body parts well pronounced. Moreover contemporary sculptures in Ghanaian society in most cases lack the symbolic power to educate and remind the people about the vital role played by women. Therefore the purpose of this paper is to create a semi-abstract metal statute employing a sheet metal fabrication and cold bending techniques through practice-based and descriptive methodologies. The results indicated that exploring welding and fragmented sheet metal fabrication techniques could create a semi-abstract metal statute as the symbolic power to educate and remind the people about the vital role played by Ghanaian women in the nurturing of their children.