From Cardboard to Bronze

From cardboard

To bronze

“My basic material is cardboard, and that will never change. However, cardboard sculptures, although resinated, are not suitable for all situations, such as outdoor exposure.”

For this type of expectation, Olivier work now with BarthelemyArt Foundry, in order to be able to decline some of his bronze works.

The challenge, besides the fact of succeeding in making the casts of the original cardboard works, was to restore the appearance of the initial material as faithfully as possible. A challenge that BarthelemyArt took up brilliantly.

New for 2024 will be the partnership with the Pangolin editions foundry for the exclusive launch of the monumental sculpture, the bronze Spartan.

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What artworks are available in bronze?

Today, there are a few bronze sculptures, only of animals, and we invite you to have a look to the catalog of bronzes.

As new for 2024, the monumental Spartan will be the event.

The Spartan is one of Olivier Bertrand’s emblematic pieces, unique due to its position, suspended from its lance of impressive size 220Lx85wx70H.
In this dark period, which sees war resurface in the four corners of the globe, this figure of the warrior seeming to question the scope of his actions takes on its full meaning.
This bronze edition will conclude the artist’s treatment of this theme of the Greek warrior.

The piece should see the light of day in June 2024, and will be available in a numbered series.

For more info, please contact us here


How to get the cardboard aspect?

The patina is the final step that allows to give the color (the patina) to a bronze. The bronze sculpture is heated with a blowtorch in order to be patinated with different chemicals, acids or mineral salts, nitrates, applied with a brush. The perfect knowledge of these oxidation processes, associated with the skill of the skater, allows to obtain the desired cardboard appearance.