from 621 East 5th St..
New York City,
~ I present ~
Helmed male keystone Nr 621
Modelled by Randall
I decided to create my own version of this interesting bearded man with an unusual helm, and what you see here is my own original clay model. Casts are availble now.
The design depicts a male figure with an ornate mesh type battle helmet, the design dates to 1910 when the building was built.
I removed 3 keystones from an abandoned tenement in 1978 that was located at 621 or 623 East 5th Street, Manhattan, 621 is still there (left in the photo) but the tree is in the way in street view, and I can't tell if the holes left from removing the keystones were patched up and the building later renovated, or if the vacant lot #623 next to it is where the building was, hard to remember now more than 30 years later. I'm pretty sure the building was where the vacant lot is since I seem to remember this other building was occupied then and there's a couple of gargoyles near the top of the roof I certainly would have removed first if that building had been abandoned then. In any case, one of these days I should get a NYC tax dept 1940 era reprint of #623 and see, they run about $45 and they are usually pretty good quality.
Note that the terracotta is ONLY available in brick red and ONLY on a limited selection- the designs in the TERRACOTTA category, not to be confused with the red terracotta FINISH! which is on cast-stone only.
Prices include shipping and are shown on each sculpture on the CART PAGES.
I use FEDEX ground service for all shipments in the lower 48 states. I do not ship outside the USA.
If you are looking for something for the garden or to build into a wall, I offer a growing number of hand-pressed, kiln fired red terracotta works. for many reasons, concrete is no longer available.
All of my interior sculptures have a heavy wire embedded on the back to hang them on the wall.
These hand sculpted models are created from scratch by Randall in water based clay, and typically take an average of 20-30 hours to set up, layout and sculpt each master model.
When the clay master models are finished, they are permanently captured with silicone mold compounds which can pick up even a fingerprint and faithfully transfer it to a cast made in it. From the molds, interior cast-stone as well as a growing number of kiln fired terracotta sculptures are made available for clients to purchase.
Existing savaged pieces are limited to what happens to be for sale at high prices, often damaged, rarely found in pairs and being typically large in scale (meant to be seen from the street from 5 floors below) they are difficult to display in today's smaller homes and apartments. Instead of making molds of these pieces, Randall creates new original models based on authentic 19th century and early 20th century Victorian, Art Deco and Louis Sullivan style architectural sculptures. While I do have a small number of older designs directly molded from antique pieces, these are being phased out over time as I create my own original models.
By no means! keep in mind- your walls weigh thousands of pounds and support the roof. HOWEVER- do not use plastic or self adhesive picture hangars of any kind, or try to simply put a screw into the thin sheetrock-these will not hold, and are not designed to.
Install your mounting hooks or other hangars into the solid wood STUD inside the wall, these are spaced 16" apart. You should use an anchor rated to hold at least twice the shipping weight of the sculpture.
To show what a sheetrock wall can hold, here is a photo of two shelves I installed on my bedroom wall for original sculptures that I couldn't mount any other way, the brackets are screwed into the wall studs with 3" screws. The weight for the stone and terra-cotta shown-the top shelf; 175# and 125# for the lower shelf- 300# total.