Inspired by a terracotta
on the historic landmark..
Webster's Music Hall...
New York City,
~ I present ~
Griffin Spandrel Panel Nr Webster
Modelled by Randall

Randall is an art scholarship recipient of Iowa Central Community College.

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A cast shown in the Old Limestone Grey finish

Below are some studio photos of my orginal clay model during it's various creation and finishing stages. These clay models are NOT molded copies taken off antiques, but were hand sculpted by Randall in the same style and configurations as 19th century and Art Deco architectural sculptures.
Molds made of my clay models enable clients to purchase cast-stone or concrete casts of my models for wall decoration, garden or incorporating into a brick wall in new construction in a variety of finishes.
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Sculpting the Griffin's head, and an early stage work in progress shot laying out the design on the background field;

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SIZE: Nominal 16 " high by 24-1/2" wide
WEIGHT:around 40-45#.
HISTORY of the building

The original panel which inspired my model is one of a few extant on a landmark historic 1886 building known as Webster Hall. Located at 125 East 11th St by 4th Ave NYC

Webster Hall was designed by renowned architect Charles Rentz and quickly became the countrys first modern nightclub. It was a place where one could witness figures such as Emma Goldman herald the cause of free love and birth control on one night and, on the next night, see the refined atmosphere and grace of a society function celebrating New Yorks elite. Margaret Sanger led strikers to the building in 1912. Other patrons from the club's early years include painters Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Stella.

During Prohibition, the theme of the balls held within the hall moved from the social and political trends to the hedonistic attitude of the speakeasy. Local politicians and police were said to turn a blind eye to the merrymakers who attended, despite, or perhaps because of, whispers that the venue was owned by the infamous mobster Al Capone. Appropriately, prohibition's repeal was the cause for one of Webster Hall's biggest celebrations, "The Return of John Barleycorn."

Using photos of the mirrored originals, used them as a visual reference to create my version of the design in a new reduced size model. The original panels are 32" wide, I decided to make my model 24" wide.

Webster Hall's original spandrel panel is shown in a photograph on page 70 in the book entitled; Architectural Sculpture in New York City (C) 1975 by Stephen M Jacoby, Dover books 0-486-23120-8

Below: A photo of the building, and the original panel taken at my request by a very nice local photographer, this fellow not only does excellent photography, it seems I may have sparked his interest in photographing these ornaments he hadn't really noticed before. Thanks to GammaBlog, without his photos this model would not have been created.

Please note that this photo is courtesy of and (C) GammaBlog - Photos, Street Art, Architecture and Politics from the heart of the East Village, NYC.GammaBlog's web site GammaBlog's flickr photo sets

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PRICES

Prices are no longer shown on each page due to the increasing number of pages plus their corresponding PayPal codes that I have to manually edit individually on two web sites every time I need to adjust for shipping costs or pricing.

As a general guideline- most of my sculptures are priced between $69 to $300, with many in the $100-$150 range. A price list is partially completed as a PDF file, some browsers will view PDF files directly with plug-ins, otherwise you may need to download the file:

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SHIPPING

Due to the size and weight of many of my larger sculpture, cardboard boxes just don't work well for them, the majority of my sculptures with few exceptions are shipped in custom built CDX plywood crates, smaller sculptures may ship double boxed instead of a crate.

Shipping is now included in the price, concrete however is priced more due to the additional weight, extra production handling and packing it involves.

Larger sculptures are packed into 1/2" thick plywood crates lined with rigid foam board, packing and shreaded newspaper or excelsior, glued, joint cleated and air nailed. You will need a #2 square drive bit or large phillips driver to open the lid. Smaller sculptures ship typically double boxed.

I use FEDEX ground service for all shipments in the lower 48 states. I do not ship outside the USA.

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DESIGNS by RANDALL

The clay models shown in my various work in progress photos are not reproduced and molded off of existing antique pieces.
These hand sculpted models are created from scratch by Randall in water based clay, and typically take an average of 20-30 hours to set up, layout and sculpt each master model.
When the clay models are finished, they are permanently captured with silicone mold compounds which can pick up even a fingerprint and faithfully transfer it to a cast made in it. From the molds, interior cast-stone as well as concrete sculptures are made available for clients to purchase.

Existing savaged pieces are limited to what happens to be for sale at high prices, often damaged, rarely found in pairs and being typically large in scale (meant to be seen from the street from 5 floors below) they are difficult to display in today's smaller homes and apartments. Instead of making molds of these pieces, Randall creates new original models based on authentic 19th century and early 20th century Victorian, Art Deco and Louis Sullivan style architectural sculptures. While I do have a small number of older designs directly molded from antique pieces, these are being phased out over time as I create my own original models.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE:

Designs in the Collection are copyright, this includes reproductions of antique pieces upon which I made certain modifications, alterations or changes- the changes are copyright. I do not sell molds, nor casts for others to replicate. I reserve the right to decline sales to anyone.

Original clay models by Randall (and casts made from them) all carry my impressed model numbers, paw-print logo, date of creation, signature casting number date are inscribed by hand on the back of every cast.

General information applicable to all of my sculptures

My standard cast-stone is for INTERIOR OR UNDER A COVERED PORCH ONLY! Out in the garden they might last 4 or 5 years, maybe longer before showing weather damage.

If you are looking for something for the garden or to build into a wall, I offer concrete as a special order item which takes approx 3 weeks. Not all pieces are available in concrete.

All of my sculptures have a heavy wire embedded on the back to hang them on the wall.

FINISHES AVAILABLE
I offer several different finishes. The suggested default finish for each is shown in the ordering menu for each sculpture. They vary from piece to piece, and actual colors displayed on your monitor will vary as well. The samples below now include the 2 available concrete stains.

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DISPLAYING

QUESTION: Aren't these too heavy for my plasterboard wall Randall?

By no means! keep in mind- your walls weigh thousands of pounds and support the roof. HOWEVER- do not use plastic or self adhesive picture hangars of any kind, or try to simply put a screw into the thin sheetrock-these will not hold, and are not designed to.

Install your mounting hooks or other hangars into the solid wood STUD inside the wall, these are spaced 16" apart. You should use an anchor rated to hold at least twice the shipping weight of the sculpture.

To show what a sheetrock wall can hold, here is a photo of two shelves I installed on my bedroom wall for original sculptures that I couldn't mount any other way, the brackets are screwed into the wall studs with 3" screws. The weight for the stone and terra-cotta shown-the top shelf; 175# and 125# for the lower shelf- 300# total.

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Another wall in the bedroom, the green copper cornice and the round lion on the left are antique salvage, the others are casts of my own sculptures. The D4-R panel can be seen on the right in the bright gold finish over the head-board.

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To order the Interior version use this button to order, prices plus shipping in the wood crate are shown in the PayPal cart.

Suggested finishes available (default is the OLD LIMESTONE


EXTERIOR CONCRETE is +20%

Finishes