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Humble Texas, Artist keeps finding new mediums to explore and create with. Artist Ray Gatica's latest creative avenue is creating (simulated stone) stucco Texas sculptures. Go to see Samples

This is something I have been wanting to do for a few years. These past few months, I found myself with time on my hands and decided to put the time into creating something.  

And, in keeping with my tradition of working big and large, I thought it would be fun creating some large Texas sculpture, as a lawn ornaments. And, coupling two facts - that the state of Texas has a unique easily recognizable shape and that unlike any other state’s shape, the Texas shape lends itself to something artistic. This was the inspiration for these unique artistic sculptors.  

 The idea came from one of my brother-in-laws who is an artist specializing in traditional Native American silver and turquoise jewelry.  But before he dedicated his time fully to his art, he worked in the construction field more specifically working with stucco. And when he started working with art and jewelry, he started to create flat -three dimensional pieces out of small pieces of the Styrofoam they use for the stucco base. The things he created were layered pieces with a stucco finish and then painted in traditional, southwest, American Indian colors and style. They were pretty pieces and instead of just being flat 2-dimensional pieces on the wall, the pieces were 3-D, and had more presence.

 I first saw his pieces a few years ago and thought they were something I could enjoy doing. So for the past few years they have been in the back of mind. I have never been sure what I wanted to do other than I liked the ideas of doing something along the same line as what he was doing.

 On the process: Think stucco: The base for the sculpture shapes are construction-grade Styrofoam that is cut and sculpted in the desired shape.  A glass-mesh is applied and then a stucco primer base is then laid over the mesh. They are then primed and painted with exterior grade paint with the Texas flag colors, or they can be left as a faux stone finish with a neutral color of stone gray or light brown, etc.

So far I have only done two. The first one is a about 41” inches high and 37 inches wide, by 6.5 inches in depth, with a 17” by 13” base; and weighs around 35 pounds. The finish on this is, I left plane in a neutral color but can be painted as the second one; keep reading below.

 The second one is larger and more stylized version of the Texas shape. The idea was to give the Texas form a Brawny - broad-shoulders-and-narrow-at-the-hip look. When seen, from the front, it measures 12 inches in depth, at the top, and 6 inches at the bottom. This one is painted the traditional red, white and blue - Texas flag colors, and is approximately 48 inches tall, 42 inches wide, 12 inches in depth at the top and 6 inches at the base. The base measures 16” X 19” The weight on this is only 65 pounds, but they look a lot heavier.

The base: Each of the Texas shapes/sculptures are set in to the base with about 4 inches of concrete to secure them in to the base and make them bottom heavy - so that they will securely stand, without easily falling over. Unlike real stone sculptors that may weigh a few hundred pounds these sculptors weigh around 60 pounds, depending on the size, are light-weight so that they can be moved and relocated easily.

Customers have the option of having larger ones constructed if desired. We can also paint the address or name on the sculptures upon request. The possibilities are endless and just about any size can be created. They make nice lawn ornaments, plant stands, and decorative patio pieces. I am also thinking of making some mail box stands.

The sculptors are light weight, weighing only around 50 pounds. They can be moved around the house or yard. They are great for the garden, as lawn or patio ornaments. We can even make them into mail box holders.

The pieces can be seen at our website: www.GaticaArt.com and you can read about them there too. Ray Gatica can be contacted through the website or by emailing Ray@GaticaArt.com and by calling 281-441-9714.


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