Prairie Dogs - CODAworx

Prairie Dogs

Submitted by Katherine Taylor

Client: Museum of the Southwest

Location: Midland, TX, United States

Completion date: 2023

Artwork budget: $75,000

Project Team

Artist

Katherine 'KT' Taylor

Ktcreature

Foundry

Alfa Arte

Materiart

Overview

Artist: Katherine ‘KT’ Taylor
Year: 2023
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 4x4x7
Budget: $75,000

Bronze sculpture commissioned by the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX. Textures of local trees and rocks were used to create the artwork.

Goals

The installation of the sculpture is scheduled for February 2024, just outside the Museum of the Southwest. This sculpture serves a dual purpose – first and foremost, it aims to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the area. However, it's important to note that this location is frequented by children and young adults. As such, the sculpture has been thoughtfully designed to not only beautify the space but also to educate and engage the younger audience about prairie dogs and their burrows. We believe it will serve as an intriguing and informative piece for this demographic, offering them valuable insights into our local wildlife

Process

My creative process is very organic and I use textures found in the nature to create my metal creatures. To better understand my working process below you can find a series of the different steps I follow to create my artwork:

Step 1: Get the inspiration for the final sculpture from the nature.
Step 2: Find the right texture that will better simulate the bird skin and make the silicon molds.
Step 3: Use the silicon molds to create the wax model.
Step 4: Cast the wax model and create final piece.