Once the drawings were complete and the designs approved, Perry quickly set to work to transform their lines into raised surfaces (about 1/8" high) against a flat background. This "modeling" work was done on the computer and he experimented extensively with 3-D prints to get just the right effects of light and texture while preserving the clarity of the overall image. He even cast some of these 3-D prints in wax. But, the amazing thing is with the new digital technologies available, it was possible to go directly from the finalized 3-D computer files directly to bronze with the images being cut into the plaques instead of cast. Note too that the green background to help harmonize with the natural surroundings is in contrast to the raised polished lines. This was an intentional part of the design so that even if you chose not to create a rubbing of the images you could still enjoy seeing them.
Once the plaques were made then it was time to design their stands and labels, this was all Perry's expertise as a professional sculptor. Working with a local stone cutter, Perry worked with our client to select the stone and finalize the design to insure that the plaques would be easily accessible to all and withstand the weather since they would be installed along a nature trail. Thanks to Perry and our good friend and Perry's assistant, Melvin Johnson, the plaques were installed just in time for Ann Marie Gardens' big fall event: ArtFest.
I hope you get the chance to see the plaques in person and I hope the joy of working with my husband and such good folks on a project designed to delight the child in all of us shines through!