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Seastar
04-14-2018, 12:25 PM
Last fall my wife and I bought a life size bronze statue of a seated cowgirl.
We want to mout it in a corner of a wall next to a swimming pool.
I need some material to cover the bottom of the statue. It's open and would be visible if not covered.
The piece of material should mount to the corner of the wall so the statue would face 45 degrees to both walls.
Question is what sort of material should I use?
I thought about cor-ten steel because it would match the bronze but it would rust and stain the white painted concrete wall.
Maybe a sheet of some sort of structural plastic.
The statue weighs about 300 pounds so the material should be strong and also not affected by the weather since its outside.
I can cut or fabricate material.

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Erich
04-14-2018, 12:34 PM
Granite or some other type of stone.

Toolguy
04-14-2018, 01:05 PM
Good call.

wombat2go
04-14-2018, 01:49 PM
Yes, maybe try a kitchen countertop provider.
We did the kitchen with 2 pieces of granite they called "offcuts" , cut and polished and installed for a really good price too.

gellfex
04-14-2018, 03:17 PM
I'm a little confused about the description, do you need more than a slab or some some sort, else why did you describe the bottom as needing some sort of concealment? I agree with stone in general.

754
04-14-2018, 03:42 PM
Aluminum..better yet cast a plinth..

CCWKen
04-14-2018, 04:18 PM
Why would someone in Mini-Sota have a statue of a Cowgirl? :confused: Is she naked? :D

Hawkeye
04-14-2018, 11:10 PM
Make a wood box and decorate it to look like a bale of hay.

JRouche
04-14-2018, 11:38 PM
Yeah, I m no Texas redneck, I am a California redneck . I think a Cowgirl statue needs to be on a wood structure. JR

Seastar
04-15-2018, 09:07 AM
Hey!
I like the idea of hay.
Maybe I could get the artist to make a bronze hay bale to sit her on.
Keep her bottom warm in our Indianapolis snowstorms.

I like the kitchen counter leftover idea also. I'll call around and check on that.

Maybe a wooden rail fence made of treated lumber?

She has a letter in her hand. The statue is called "a letter from home" and is by an artist named Kurt Mattson. ( You can click on a small square in the original post to see a picture.)
She's fully clothed and even has her saddle behind her.

Thanks for all the ideas. All I could think of was metal or plastic.
Bill

Seastar
04-15-2018, 09:14 AM
By the way, Indianapolis has one of the worlds best western art museums.
My wife and I collect western art (with our limited budget).
That's why we bought the statue.
Bill

Lee Cordochorea
04-15-2018, 11:58 AM
One could always commission a bronze statue of a bar-stool...

Baz
04-15-2018, 12:16 PM
The sculpture is obviously designed to sit on something and the 'natural' environment for the rest of the work, if it were a real life scene, would either be a tree stump or a large rock. If you have problems of damp in winter and a finecast white wall then a single large boulder of dark rock would be appropriate and readily available.
By the way is it treated to remain bronze coloured or will it turn green?

Mike Amick
04-15-2018, 12:30 PM
picture not working.

Seastar
04-16-2018, 10:10 AM
Hummmm - the picture works for me???
The bronze is treated and will remain that color for a very long time.

There is a great deal of machining content in producing a statue like that one.
From welding to grinding and of course casting.
Formulating the bronze is complex metallurgy. And treating the bronze is chemistry.
Bill

reggie_obe
04-16-2018, 10:51 AM
Why would someone in Mini-Sota have a statue of a Cowgirl? :confused: Is she naked? :D

Why would anyone in Mini-Soda have a pool? Is it in an insulate climate controlled building? Or is the swim season three (3) days long?

Seastar
04-16-2018, 11:11 AM
I have an off the grid cabin inside the Superior National Forrest in Minnesota. One of the few privately owned properties up there. No statues there. I do have some yard art I welded up but nothing professionally done.
The statue goes by the swimming pool at my home in Indianapolis.
We have a good swimming season there, or at least we did.
It's snowing there today. It may never warm up.
Bill

kendall
04-16-2018, 12:23 PM
Yeah, I'd go for a hay bale of some sort as shown on the artist's website. Possibly steel or concrete box covered with artificial thatch to mimic a real hay or straw bale.
Failing that, mock up the rear of a wagon, or depending on the era you're aiming for, the rear of a pickup with the gate down.

Couldn't see the small square in the OP, had to do a search.

Seastar
04-16-2018, 08:08 PM
Yeah, I'd go for a hay bale of some sort as shown on the artist's website. Possibly steel or concrete box covered with artificial thatch to mimic a real hay or straw bale.
Failing that, mock up the rear of a wagon, or depending on the era you're aiming for, the rear of a pickup with the gate down.

Couldn't see the small square in the OP, had to do a search.

Very good ideas!
Money is the problem. A wagon or truck would probably cost more than the statue. Plus I have limited space for the statue.

Sorry about the little square.
That's the way Imageshack works.
Bill

Black Forest
04-17-2018, 01:03 PM
Buy a pony for the cowgirl....simple.

dave_r
04-17-2018, 02:12 PM
Buy a pony for the cowgirl....simple.

Then you've got build a barn for the pony, buy feed, hire a stablehand to take care of it, and then keep an eye on the stablehand all the time to make sure he doesn't get busy with the cowgirl...

Black Forest
04-17-2018, 03:05 PM
Then you've got build a barn for the pony, buy feed, hire a stablehand to take care of it, and then keep an eye on the stablehand all the time to make sure he doesn't get busy with the cowgirl...

You just described my life!:cool:

kendall
04-17-2018, 03:08 PM
get an old stump and an antique mailbox. Sit her on the stump and mount the mailbox to a post nearby. Make it look like she checked the mail and couldn't wait to read the letter.

Seastar
04-18-2018, 09:17 AM
get an old stump and an antique mailbox. Sit her on the stump and mount the mailbox to a post nearby. Make it look like she checked the mail and couldn't wait to read the letter.
I like that idea.
I think you other guys are making fun of my cowgirl.
I guess not everyone likes western art.
Bill