Building a Monument to First Responders

Second Spire Gets Rubber Mold for Casting of Oak Lawn Monument

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The scorching heat in the mid 90s didn’t keep Artist Erik Blome away from his Oak Lawn studio this weekend. He is working around the clock to get our Monument ready for the dedication next month.

The rubber molding material takes over 30 hours to cure. It is painted over the clay forms layer by layer. To ensure that every detail is in contact with the rubber material, compressed air is sometimes used to force the rubber into the small crevices.

After the rubber layer cures, plaster will be put on top it it. It will then be “de-molded” and the rubber will have a final cleaning before the molds go to the foundry for casting.

Sunday marked a transition on the project from the creation/creative phase to the technical phase. All that remains is the fine craft of bronze work. Artist Blome certainly is a master craftsman in this regard. With his experience and talent, our Monument will be something that will inspire generations.

One response

  1. Gina Block

    Beautiful Work * Can’t wait to see the Memorial

    August 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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