from the Senator Hotel
~ I present ~
Senator Hotel Griffin Spandrel panel Nr SH
Modelled by Randall
I decided it was a really nice design concept that was worth creating in a new model concentraiting on the Griffin motif and in low relief like the ancient Roman and Greek stone carvings. The sun, rays and borders were unnecessary and cluttering. The original salvaged piece was priced at $3200- a price tag that is well beyond the means of your average "Joe," and probably most people reading this page for something to hang on the wall wouldn't you say?
These days of course we know Griffins never existed as depicted, but the ancients actually believed they did, and even wrote descriptions of ferocious winged creatures in many journals, books and other literature whose bones were found in various locations.
The mythical Griffin is shown in the book; "The Fossil Hunters" a fascinating book if I do say so and I highly recommend buying a copy.
The book author concluded that it was almost certain that the Protoceratops fossil remains are what the ancients were finding, and that the whole myth and lore of griffins started with finding these fossils and incorrrectly identifying portions of them as "wings", a little artistic license and imagination came up with the form we see today in the old art. The author pointed out how all the other Greek entities like Zeus, Apollo, Medusa etc were obviously fictional or lore while the griffin had always been described as a real but misunderstood animal, one that still lived at that time but in far off lands like Mongolia because no one had seen a live one- but they had "proof" they existed and were once inhabiting Greece because they had the bones!
The book has a good old photo of a protoceratops fossil, and it is easy to see how the whole romantic fictional story of the Griffin came about after seeing this, the beak and face are absolutely recognizable as a "Griffin";
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.