The duralinox sculptures

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Industrial  beauty, Jannitzer's drawings, a goldsmith in 1568, my training courses at Renault corporation and at Dupont-Tissot in Faverges, gave me a helping hand to test the creative potential of the machine-tools.

In 1970 the computer assisted conception method was in preparation. (C.A.O.)
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The creation of these pieces starts with a thousand sketches, very realistic doodles, to get a picture of the anticipated work. Then come, very rigorous plans of each part to be assembled and, final plan : face, back, profile





The use of A.G.5 (aluminium used to make pans) and of machine-tools : three dimensions reproducing drills, boring machines, tappers, polishing machines, is something new for me. The intense polishing of certain pieces makes them as precious as jewels.
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 têtes duralinox
The variety of themes is not different from the one of other materials : Monstrances or tabernacles about the interior mechanical fairy , sliding doors or, stability for Thanatos on a pyramid.
Again, the theme of barbarian heads with a phallus between their teeths, characters with three eyes or half- spheres enshrining the idol on a base.
duralinox etude de tete

premier duralinox
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The use of "lamellate stuck" woods (beech, birch and black glue) turned and drilled, allowed unexpected shimmering effects and very tall works.

Quite an adventure
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