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    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.

    I cut it off twice and it's still too short!

  • #2
    Granite or some other type of stone.

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    • #3
      Good call.
      Kansas City area

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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          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.
          Location: Jersey City NJ USA

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          • #6
            Aluminum..better yet cast a plinth..

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            • #7
              Why would someone in Mini-Sota have a statue of a Cowgirl? Is she naked?

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              • #8
                Make a wood box and decorate it to look like a bale of hay.
                When I get Time... I'll...

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                • #9
                  Yeah, I m no Texas redneck, I am a California redneck . I think a Cowgirl statue needs to be on a wood structure. JR

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                  • #10
                    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
                    I cut it off twice and it's still too short!

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                    • #11
                      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
                      I cut it off twice and it's still too short!

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                      • #12
                        One could always commission a bronze statue of a bar-stool...

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                        • #13
                          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?
                          Last edited by Baz; 04-15-2018, 01:22 PM.

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                          • #14
                            picture not working.
                            John Titor, when are you.

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                            • #15
                              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
                              I cut it off twice and it's still too short!

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