There's a nifty little event taking place at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden during the next few days.
If you've ever wondered how a sculpture replica is made or want to learn more about the casting process, here's your chance. Through Jan. 23, Sculpture House Casting Inc. of New York will be casting one of Polasek's most powerful and iconic works of art, "Man Carving His Own Destiny," at the Winter Park museum.
Casting a larger-than-life-sized sculpture, such as this piece, is a complex and intensive undertaking. Drop in to the museum and see how the process unfolds.
Curator Rachel Frisby, along with artisans from Sculpture House, will be on site to answer questions and enlighten visitors on the "Man Carving Project" as it develops. Throughout the process, guests can see the crew build a platform around the existing sculpture, coat the sculpture with a thin a layer of wax, and make silicone rubber and plaster molds (the shell or plaster positives of the original).
The mold will be made in sections. When complete, it will be shipped to New York City, where the foundry will pour the sculpture.
The Polasek Museum is at 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. It's open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3-$5, free for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 407-647-6294.