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Mary Shelley Bronze Bust Project

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To celebrate the 200th publication anniversary of the legendary novel "Frankenstein", we're donating a life size, bronze bust of Mary Shelley to the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, WA on August 30, 2018!!!!

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 Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA

While I've donated the last six months of my time sculpting Mary, I can't get her across the finish line without your help to pay for the considerable costs at the bronze foundry to mold, cast, finish and fire the patina on the bust itself.




With finished bust sculpture of Mary Shelley

 Mary Shelley is the second of three busts that MoPOP has graciously agreed to accept in my horror author bronze bust series; "Dracula" author Bram Stoker was unveiled in October, 2017, Mary Shelley will be installed on her birthday on August 30, 2018 and Rod Serling will be unveiled in 2019 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of "The Twilight Zone". As you'll see in the video, I've also sculpted and donated bronze busts of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.

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With Dacre Stoker at the unveiling of the Bram Stoker bust at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington

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Unveiling the Edgar Allan Poe bust at the Boston Public Library in Massachusetts

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With the H.P. Lovecraft bust at the Providence Athenaeum Library in Providence, Rhode Island

It's my sincere hope that you approve of my humble efforts to immortalize Mary Shelley and her trailblazing work in creating one of literature's most enduring tales of science gone awry, blasphemy and the horrifying Frankenstein's Monster.  As there are no photographs of Mary Shelley, I've based my sculpture on the two known portraits created of her during her lifetime; the famous Richard Rothwell painting of 1840 and the Camillo Pistrucci bust of 1843.


 So, let's all celebrate the godmother of horror fiction as we give Mary Shelley her long overdue tribute to inspire the next generation of authors to follow in her pioneering footsteps!!!

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Mary Shelley,  painted by Richard Rothwell, circa 1840
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Assembling the bronze pieces and grinding down the seams of the Mary Shelley bust at the bronze foundry. I'll be going out there soon to fire the patina!
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The Horror Writers Association, a nonprofit organization with over 1,300 members around the world, has sponsored the Mary Shelley Bronze Bust Project.

While the usual recipients of the scholarships and awards offered by the Horror Writers Association are beginning writers mentored by established authors and available workshops, the Mary Shelley Bronze Bust Project is the second author bust project graciously sponsored by the HWA.

"HWA is pleased to support the distinctive and stunning work Bryan Moore is doing to honor the giants of the horror genre" says HWA President Lisa Morton. "We first joined his impressive list of backers on his Bram Stoker tribute, and we're especially thrilled at supporting his Mary Shelley sculpture in this, the year of the 200th anniversary of the initial publication of Frankenstein."

"The incredible vision and generosity by the HWA for a project of this nature cannot be emphasized enough" imparts Bryan Moore, the sculptor of the Shelley bust. " As with my previous bust projects of Poe, Lovecraft and Stoker, the final locations of these genre author tributes are always libraries or museums that celebrate pioneers of the horror genre and Mary Shelley is no exception. I'm honored that the esteemed executive board of the HWA would find this project worthy of such recognition and support."

The clay sculpture of the Mary Shelley bust is now at the bronze foundry and will be installed and unveiled at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture on August 30th, Mary Shelley's birthday.
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First shots of the Mary Shelley mold and waxes! My pal Randy at the bronze foundry does the cleanup work on all my busts. Great guy!
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Applying the first layer of rubber for the Mary Shelley mold at the bronze foundry, from which the clay sculpture will be removed and the molten wax slushcast will be poured in.

It's fun to see the different parts of the process, no? :)

Bry
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