Art Fabrication of 'The Four Seasons' installation by artist Philip Haas
July 2021 - June 2022: RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate
March 2020 - June 2021: RHS Wisley, Woking
July 2019 - Nov 2019: Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan
Sept 2018 - June 2019: The Baker Museum Artis-Naples, Florida
May 2017 - Sept 2017: Château des Baux-de-Provence, Baux
September 2016 - March 2017: Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, Washington D.C.
April 2016 - September 2016: The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas
April 2015 - April 2016: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
November 2014 - April 2015: Pinecrest Gardens, Miami
May 2014 - October 2014: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta
May 2013 - October 2013: New York Botanical Garden, New York
October 2012 - April 2013: Desert Botanic Gardens, Phoenix
June 2012 - September 2012: Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
June 2011 - December 2011: Gardens of Versaille, France (Winter)
Jan 2011 - June 2011: Piazza del Duomo, Milan (Winter)
September 2010 - Jan 2011: National Gallery of Art, Washington (Winter)
Mattes & Miniatures were honoured to realise the vision of artist Philip Haas, by fabricating four monumental portrait busts for exhibition 'The Four Seasons'. These are 3-dimensional interpretations of the Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portrait series of the same name.
As in Arcimboldo’s paintings, the physical features of the four sculpted figures are rendered in botanical forms appropriate to each season. Spring is a profusion of brightly coloured flowers. The man’s cheeks are rose blossoms, petals hang from tulip earlobes and he wears a coat of green leaves with a collar of daisies. In contrast, Winter suggests the barrenness of that time of year through the figure’s headdress of twisted tree limbs and ivy and face of a gnarled grey tree trunk devoid of foliage.
The Four Seasons acknowledge nature’s rhythmic cycles and yet as sculptural portraits of people, they further represent the natural aging process from youth to old age.
‘Winter’ was first revealed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington in 2010, followed by the Piazza del Duomo, Milan, and the Gardens of Versaille.
All Four Seasons were then unveiled at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2012, before embarking on an on-going journey through prestigious galleries and locations across the US.
Pictures below of our workshop during the build of 'Winter'.
To achieve the basic proportions, first a maquette was sculpted in plastolene and cast in resin. The resin maquette was then sliced into forty horizontal slices which were then scanned and projected one by one onto thin sheets of polystyrene. The sillouette of each slice was drawn onto the polystyrene sheets and cut out using a hot-wire.
The slices were reassembled to create a full size head, before
details were sculpted over the top in plastolene. Sections of the sculpture were then moulded in silicon and cast in resin. Woven reeds covered in a slip of clay made Winter's cloak, which was then moulded in silicone and fabricated in fibreglass.