Characterizing Texas History in Bronze

Ann talks to Mike O'Brien, TPWD sculptor/exhibit designer, about the process he used to produce the bronze panels found on the facade of the museum that depict pivotal events in the history of Texas.

Texas History in Bronze (Windows Media)
Texas History in Bronze (Real Media)


Original drawing


Small 22" x 32" clay models


Full-sized paper patterns to cut styrofoam


Styrofoam cut from pattern for 11-ft. x 16-ft. model


Clay being applied over styrofoam


Full-sized model next to original small model


Liquid mold rubber being applied over clay model


First Texans: Finished product cast in concrete and stained to look like bronze.


Independence


Cattle Era


Cotton and immigration


Oil exploration


Space exploration


Artist as Mexican soldier


Artist's wife as Suzan D



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