Bruce Krebs prťsente et commente la crťation de l'une de ses sculptures intitulťe :

The dinosaur, man and his dog.
a work by Bruce Krebs.

For a long time, during my studies, I had this image of Escher pinned on my wall.

(M. C. Escher engraver great, 1898-1972. Maurits Cornelis Escher of his full name).

This engraving represents a drawing on a table, from which strange reptiles escapeÖ
and if I wanted to put in abyss, I would say that
this JPG image reproduces the photograph
of an engraving that represents
a drawing on a table,
from which strange reptiles escapeÖ

This engraving is at the origin of my project :
A drawing that becomes sculpture...

I never thought of transposing the engraving into sculpture. But I tried to create a character that reproduces geometrically. I started a hexagon without thinking. Undoubtedly an unconscious reference to this drawing of Escher which is also conceived on a hexagonal frame.
Then itís all just trial and error... We draw a few lines on a hexagon, and the same sketch is reproduced on the other side hexagons. When you gum, you move a line, you have to move them all together and so on, without priori.
And then, little by little, we see a possibility, and we exaggerate the line, one way or the other. A manís head could become a monsterís teething...
A lion ? A dinosaur ?

Even by moving the manís jacket, the tail could never look like a lionís tail. So, it will be a dinosaur...
Ah, thereís a corner thatís not filled ! It could be a dog attacking the dinosaurís hand...

This is how the surprising sequence of a man, a dinosaur and a dog is created. This trio fits with its own copies, around them.

And here, drawn in a clean, wallpaper without "air vacuum"...

I immediately began my sculpture. But, very quickly, I noticed that the "drawing engraved in the plaster" did not give the visual effect I wanted. So I thickened the volume of the characters day after day.

But so, I distanced myself from my original idea:
       A drawing that becomes sculpture.
The plate was triangular and each character had to "emerge" from one of the corners.

(You can see in the picture, in an angle, the man who barely stands up, the next one, sitting with his arms up and the last one, frightened...)
The outcome of this project did not suit me at all. I changed. With a saw, I reduced the tray to a square. Of the three characters, I only kept the man sitting.
I was not able to sculpt all the characters rigorously similar, as Escher had succeeded. But again, my original idea was lost. When I finished, I put this prototype on a shelf.

And I started all over again.


To get an absolutely identical repetitive form, I started modeling it in 3D to have it printed in volume afterwards. Also, I learned to model in 3D on the software "Blender". (super software)

After a lot of difficulties I created the module of three characters that I was able to duplicate and assemble on the screen. And at this moment, catastrophe!
(small modification: the man is back, in anticipation of his recovery from the dinosaur).
In 3D, all the trios gave me the impression of
a "pile of dead people"!
Personally, I didnít feel it on my first attempt.
However, by manipulating the modules in 3D space, I discovered this very cut shape. I adopted it.

Finally, a company has only printed one module. I moulded it and took fourteen copies and assembled them without any problem.
I had to get my three characters out of the mace...

It was only when I had the idea to turn my project into a wall sculpture as I was finally able to complete it! Itís very curious, vertically, the basic design reappears very clearly.
It was not at all the case horizontally...

Bye bye Escher ! and thank you again!...                           

Dimensions: Height: 36 cm, Width: 38 cm, Thickness: 11 cm.

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Bruce Krebs, sculptor
9 ter rue Amelot, 17 000 La Rochelle,
France, Europe.
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