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!!!!

 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.

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

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

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!!!

Mary Shelley,  painted by Richard Rothwell, circa 1840
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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? :)

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Mary Shelley is now at the bronze foundry where she is being molded for the lost wax process by my good friend Max! Can't thank you all enough for your incredibly kind support. Please share the project with your friends and fellow Mary Shelley fans, won't you?

Much love,

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