In ancient Greek mythology, Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks. He is also recognized as the god of fields, groves and wooded glens from his homeland in rustic Arcadia. He is connected to the season of spring and fertility and was often depicted as part of the raucously wild and unruly retinue of Dionysus, the god of wine & agricultural fertility and patron of the theater arts.
While Pan’s parentage is uncertain, some say he is the son of Hermes & Dryope while others say he is the son of Zeus or the son of Penelope, wife of Odysseus. His birth was said to be so distressing to his mother, due to his unusual appearance, that she abandoned him but he was taken in by the gods on Mount Olympus and he became a quite beloved favorite to them all.
He possessed incredible strength, was impervious to injury and could run for long periods of time. It was believed that he was able to teleport himself between Mount Olympus and Earth at will and he was quite shrewd and possessed a wonderful sense of humor. He is often depicted as energetic whirlwind of creativity in nature though sometimes frightening. He’s definitely a very interesting character!
Metropolitan Galleries was very excited when our client commissioned us to design and sculpt a Pan for her garden. This handsome god is available to preside over and protect your garden as well. If you would like more information on this bronze sculpture or inquire about a custom sculpture project, reach out to us at 1.800.929.1681
Lenny Peters Foundation Sculpture by Metropolitan Galleries Inc
Having a vision is one thing, but to bring that vision into reality and help people around the globe takes great diligence and patience. For Lenny Peters Foundation, this custom bronze sculpture equipped with a stark white epoxy patina of a hand holding the earth is the finishing garnish to decades of enthusiasm and hard work.
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by Freeman Kennett Architects about the possibility of developing such a sculpture to incorporate into the building’s modern design. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of such a fun project. One of the things that makes us unique is that we relate to our client’s passion and vision and grow just as attached to the project as they are.
The Architects submitted detailed renderings of the sculpture and we got to work. Metropolitan Galleries has spent the last 30 years working very closely with some of the best sculpture foundries in the industry. Fairly quickly, the project was off the ground and our artisans were carving the general shape of the sculpture from a clay-wax compound. Sculpture is one of the most painstaking executions of art to accomplish. It can take several weeks just to get the scale and shape accurate before the sculpting details can take place, and this is still part of the very first step to creating a bronze sculpture. Once the details of the clay sculpture are finalized and ready to proceed to the next step, rubber moulds of the clay sculpture are made, capturing every fine detail for casting. Now the casting is where the excitement comes in, liquid molten bronze is poured carefully into the rubber moulds and allowed to cure. After all of this, we are still far from the finished sculpture. Keep in mind this article gives a very general explanation on the Lost Wax Bronze Casting process. The process itself takes over two dozen steps to execute and can take eight to twelve weeks to complete.
Upon the final steps of casting and cleaning up the sections for assembly, the bronze sculpture starts to come to life as the sections are artfully and seamlessly brought together. Most bronze sculptures are finished with a chemical or fire-applied patina. Lenny Peters Foundation colors are white and blue, and the organization desired a stark white sculpture with silver lettering. This of course was easily done with immaculate perfection.
This project took nearly a year to complete from the starting point to installation. All in all, we are grateful to have been a part of such an exciting project for our neighbors in High Point, North Carolina. If you have questions or would like to explore the possibility of developing a custom sculpture, reach out to us at email@example.com or 1.800.929.1681
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by the Town of Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina to develop three bronze sculptures of children flying kites. These bronze children flying kite sculptures will be placed within the town’s roundabout in June 2021. Our talented portraiture Dianne Ellis sketched out three individual children with different ethnicities, flying different styles of kites. These drawings were then used to sculpt the clay models and finalize the details before developing the moulds for casting. Stay tuned for additional photos of these fabulous sculptures once they are installed at the Town of Ocean Isle Beach.
At Metropolitan Galleries, we’re known for our diverse collection of bronze sculpture. Did you know that our products and capabilities extend to include elaborate fountains and custom outdoor structures such as wrought iron gazebos, marble pavilions and pergolas. We pride ourselves in taking our client’s desired vision and turning it into a reality.
Our architectural and engineering team designed and produced a custom 40′ by 50′ foot marble pavilion for placement in the back yard of a mansion in North Carolina. The Pavilion was designed by our long-time friend and talented engineer and features electricity, built in fireplace, television and automated retractable shades.
If you’d like to work with us on developing a custom structure or fountain, feel free to reach out to our Custom Projects Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to design and develop a walking black bear sculpture to be placed within a facility located at the North Carolina and Tennessee border.
Our team began development of a clay mold of a life-size walking black bear sculpture, and upon revisions and completion of the mold sculpture, the process of lost wax bronze casting began. Upon Blazer’s completion, he was given a deep chestnut brown fire-applied patina. Not only is Blazer a truly unique and special bear, he has his name carved on to his left rear leg.
Metropolitan Galleries has spend the last few decades developing and sourcing the finest in custom bronze sculptures such as Blazer the Bear and other hand-crafted sculptures in cast bronze and carved marble. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to create something so beautiful for our home state of North Carolina.
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by a creative development team working on an Astronaut camp located in Florida to develop a walking boy bronze sculpture to be placed within the facility placed in walking position with an Astronaut exhibit.
Our portraiture artist drew out the desired boy sculpture concept from his posture to the details of his face and hair. Following the completed drawings, our production of the sculpture began by developing a clay mold of the desired sculpture. Through the ancient and traditional method of lost wax bronze casting, the process of the walking boy bronze sculpture began.
After the sculpture was completed, the final finish (also known as the patina) is fired into the sculpture with an open flame. This walking boy bronze sculpture is shown in a medium-brown patina.
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Las Vegas is one of our favorite places to plan an escape to. The energy, bright lights, casinos and lounges, whats not to love?! Metropolitan Galleries was approached by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio(MBDS), who is famously known for their eclectic interior design style, especially within the new Mayfair Supper Club located inside the Bellagio Resort. The idea was to use two of our classic Bronze Twin Merboy Sculpture Torchiere Floor Lamps on each side of the Mayfair Supper Club.
Since the original style of the lamps were developed in the early 2000’s by our late founder Steven Bennett, the molds were too dilapidated to cast new sculptures. We got to work on redeveloping the second generation of the Cast Bronze Twin Merboy Torchieres for MBDS to use in their Mayfair Supper Club design project. The project took around ten weeks to complete, from carving the new molds in clay and wax, to the casting, assembly and patina.
Needless to say, the overall design of the groovy new Supper Club is unsurpassed and chic. These Bronze Merboy Torchieres add the perfect finishing touch in this incredible space.
Looking to develop a custom bronze sculpture? We’re the experts with nearly 30 years of experience designing and developing custom masterpieces that represent ones unique idea and vision. Send us an e-mail to email@example.com or reach out to us at 1.800.929.1681 to get started.
Our late founder and artist Steven Bennett had heavy involvement with the design and production of this massive bronze griffin statue that sits atop a large roadway median stone pedestal at the entrance of the Grandover Parkway on Groomtown Road. Upon the completed drawings, the clay mold of the large griffin statue was carved. Upon final details being touched up on the original mold, the lost wax bronze casting process began. After being cast ad assembled, a dark brown patina was applied by flame into the sculpture.
Metropolitan Galleries was given the opportunity to provide our client with a beautiful carved marble angel memorial sculpture. This large hand carved marble angel and pedestal were designed and manufactured by our professional craftsmen and artisans. This marble angel sculpture represents a graveyard memorial to someone taken from this world before their time.
Our skilled portraiture artist rendered a drawing for our sculptors to use as a reference, as this hand carved marble angel sculpture was designed in the image of the deceased, so that their memory may carry us on though their physical presence no longer can. Metropolitan Galleries has been serving the trade for twenty-five years with our niche customization offerings within marble statuary. For more information on developing a custom marble sculpture or fountain, please reach out to our office.
Metropolitan Galleries offers an extensive selection of marble sculpture, marble fountains and gazebos. We were given the opportunity to provide the marble tier fountain and marble lady four seasons sculpture set to Boldt Castle of New Yorkfor their newly renovated outdoor garden area.
Boldt Castle chose a clean, large floral pattern two tier fountain, carved from high quality marble stone by our skilled sculptors. This classic marble tier fountain (JBF814) is a delicate complement to the Lady Four Seasons sculptures (JBS445). Notice in the photos above how the fountain and sculptures do not obstruct from the natural beauty of the landscape and architecture of the castle.
Our team at Metropolitan Galleries can provide design assistance when choosing a sculpture or fountain for certain design applications. If there isn’t a sculpture or fountain in our product line that fits your project, we can develop custom sculptures and fountains from design concept to final completion. See the ‘Leland Stanford Mansion Project‘ where we produced marble sculptures from photographs and drawings of historical figures. For more information on developing a custom sculpture or fountain project, contact us at 1-800-929-1681.
Metropolitan Galleries was approached to complete four bronze statues, honoring four of Kentucky’s Governors. From design concept to final installation, we began with the sketches of each governor to perfect details and fine tune the perspective of lines and scale.
It is unfortunate to see some of the worlds most amazing historical sculptures slowly diminish over centuries of time. Luckily, we are the experts for historical sculpture reproductions. Metropolitan Galleries was approached with a need to reproduce historical marble sculptures that were destroyed in the Leland Stanford Mansion fire that happened several decades ago in Sacramento, California. We have the expertise and ability to develop stunning works of statuary developed from portraiture and sketches. Developing a custom marble sculptures can take anywhere from three to five months. A clay mold is carved first to adjust and finalize the vivid details.
Metropolitan Galleries provides photos throughout the entire clay sculpting process so the details can be adjusted and finalized before chiseling of the marble stone begins. Once the clay mold has been sculpted, our talented marble sculptors then make multi-dimensional measurements for chiseling into the slab of solid marble stone and creating the three dimensional work of sculpted art. This is an extremely labor intensive and time consuming method that requires extreme attentiveness to detail so not to make an incorrect chisel on the slab of marble. Once the marble sculpture was completed, we then inspected, wrapped and crated this marble angel sculpture and it was installed at the cemetery.
The ‘Leland Stanford State Historic Park’ holds the original Stanford Mansion, once owned by Leland Stanford, Governor of California. Our talented and skilled artist Dianne Ellis provided drawings of the very few photographs we acquired. From design concept to sculpture delivery, Metropolitan Galleries is proud to have been involved with bringing back the historical feel to the Stanford Mansion with these historical sculpture reproductions. Check out the custom Marble Angel Sculpture we developed in dedication to a lost loved one. For more information on developing custom works of statuary, reach out to us at 1-800-929-1681.
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by a local design firm in Raleigh, North Carolina to develop a carved marble pavilion for placement at a luxury residence. Our Marble Gazebo is a stunning work of architecture that completes this spacious back yard by providing a seating area and beautiful focal point. Marble gazebo pavilions really strike up the old world charm of a ‘fairy tale‘ garden with their octagonal design and hand carved details. Metropolitan Galleries offers a diverse selection of carved marble and wrought iron gazebos, crafted with amazing quality and details. We work with our client on the initial concept on developing a gazebo structure and gather a selection of styles and colors available that fit any design scheme.
The marble gazebo pavilion in the photos above are from an installation we completed for a client in Raleigh, North Carolina. Our team at Metropolitan Galleries completed the delivery and assembly of the gazebo. This particular model of marble gazebo pavilion features sharp, clean lines with elegant floral details on the tops of the columns. Resting on the top of this gazebo pavilion is a hand crafted, wrought iron dome. The wrought iron domes really make these gazebos pop and add luxury character. For more than twenty four years, we have excelled to complete numerous custom sculpture and structure development projects. Check out the ‘Boldt Castle Marble Tier Fountain and Lady Four Seasons Sculptures‘ project we completed. For more information on our marble gazebo pavilions, reach out to us at 1-800-929-1681.
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by a client seeking to develop a large tiered fountain in the center area of their circular driveway for their large estate in Tennessee. Our talented engineer facilitated the initial design, groundbreaking and installation of this three tiered fountain carved in masha white marble.
Metropolitan Galleries specializes in the design, development and installation of elaborate marble and travertine fountains. Our team of engineers and contractors worked to clear and level the ground, assemble and seal the fountain basin, installed the fountain section by section, and lay travertine tiles inside the fountain basin.
With the largest variety of marble, stone and bronze fountains, Metropolitan Galleries can bring any dream fountain idea to a reality. For more information on our fountain installation services, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-929-1681.
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by the Petty Family Foundation to design and develop a custom hummingbirds fountain for Lynda Petty’s Memorial Garden. Our long-time portraiture artist Dianne Ellis sketched the fountain concept drawing for presentation and approval by the Foundation. The completed drawings were then used to cave the clay model of the fountain.
Once the clay model of the fountain has been completed, the rubber molds are developed to begin creating the fountain through the ancient and traditional method of lost wax bronze casting.
After casting of the fountain parts, assembly and fine tuning details, a patina is fire-applied to the surface to give the fountain it’s luxurious finish color. The top finial with the flower and hummingbirds was painted by hand.
To inquire about your dream fountain or sculpture concept, reach out to us at email@example.com or 1.800.929.1681
Metropolitan Galleries was approached by a property development group to create an assortment of ornamental wrought iron railings for placement inside and outside of a large mansion in Maryland. More information about this project will be available soon.
In October of 2004, the most charming lady, Mrs. Phyllis Madonna, entered the Metropolitan Galleries showroom inside Suites at Market Square, with her assistant Cheri Humphries. Phyllis was mesmerized by our large cupid torchiere lampposts and she tearfully told me she had lost her husband, Mr. Alex Madonna this past April. She told me both her and Mr. Madonna love and adore anything with angelic baby cupids, and that is the theme of their hotel in San Luis Obispo, California. She felt this was a sign and immediately asked me if we would create a sculpture of her late husband atop his beloved horse Pebbles.
Our long-time artist, Diane Ellis, created multiple renderings of Mr. Madonna and Pebbles. Mrs. Madonna provided us with clothes, including his hat and belt buckle, for accuracy. Once the renderings were completed, the sculpting of the sculpture mold began. More information on developing a custom bronze sculpture is available in the FAQ section of our website.
From Mr. Madonna’s Obituary
Alex Madonna, whose highway construction, cattle ranches, philanthropy and world-famous Madonna Inn made him a legendary figure on the Central Coast. Madonna, the grandson of Swiss immigrants, befriended business colleagues, politicians, educators, employees and even actor John Wayne. He was a self-made man who loomed large in the public’s consciousness. His easy sense of humor, fierce independence and, at times, dogged stubbornness further distinguished him. He influenced hundreds of people and gave millions of dollars away quietly. Besides the inn, his empire consisted of the Froom Ranch property where San Luis Obispo’s Home Depot is located, Broadway Plaza shopping center in Santa Maria, and several thousand acres of property in San Luis Obispo County, including about 2,000 acres surrounding San Luis Mountain. He also owned cattle and horse ranches around California and Oregon. Among ranchers, Madonna was often referred to as “the host from the coast.” Madonna’s construction firm built or repaved most of Highway 101 from Salinas to south of Buellton, as well as about 70 miles of Highway 46 and Highway 41 from Cholame to Fresno. As well, Madonna had a hand in resurfacing much of Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and Carmel. The inn itself was a major achievement. Famous for its pink decor, themed rooms, and whimsical cupid theme throughout.
In ancient Greek mythology, Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks. He is also recognized as the god of fields, groves and wooded glens from his homeland in rustic Arcadia. He is connected to the season of spring and fertility and was often depicted as part of the raucously wild and unruly [...]
As most of us know, time on this earth is limited. When we lose someone special, the only thing we can do is put one foot in front of the other and reminisce the memories. For one of our Kansas clients, Norma Durnil, who lost her beloved husband Dr. William Durnil, decided to take the step in creating something beautiful in the absence of Dr. Durnil at one of his favorite places. Norma approached Metropolitan Galleries about developing a bronze statue of a kneeling Indian with an eagle on his raised arm to be placed in front of the Derby Library within the center of a roundabout.
“Bill loved the library and thought it was a very important learning tool, so the memorial is very appropriate” said Norma from the newspaper article printed on November 11th 2009. Sculpture is a traditional and iconic way to memorialize someone by illustrating that something special and beautiful can be brought into existence in the absence of someone that brought an abundance of talent to this world.
Metropolitan Galleries specializes in custom designed and developed bronze sculptures and fountains. Our company was founded in 1993 by Steven Bennett and his vision was for Metropolitan Galleries to be the leading sculpture dealer in the United States. This led to us not only working with bronze sculptures and fountains developed from a reproduction or common sculptures, we began to sketch out and design our own sculpture designs.
This particular Bronze Turtles & Jellyfish Sea Fantasy Sculpture (SRB48659) operates as a sculpture fountain, designed by Metropolitan Galleries and drawn out for production by our fellow artist Dianne Ellis. Dianne has worked with Metropolitan Galleries for over 16 years and holds extreme talent for sketching out drawings and portraiture. We designed this bronze turtles and jellyfish sea fantasy fountain to potentially be used by a nautical park, zoo or aquarium.
Once the drawings were sent to our foundry, a clay and wax mould was created with intricate, hand forged details. After the clay and wax mould hardens, the sculpture mould is then used in the lost wax bronze casting method to develop the final bronze sculpture. This is the most labor intensive and time consuming method of casting bronze sculptures. The next step of development is to apply the finish. The finishes on bronze sculptures are applied by hand and flame. The sculpture has small fish around the base with hand painted details and a durable gloss finish as to keep the original look of the sculpture.
When this Sea Fantasy Sculpture is operating as a fountain, water shoots out from several areas of the sculpture, making it a stunning work of sculpted art. From concept to completion, Metropolitan Galleries can help make your dream sculpture a reality.