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Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:06 pm
I've sculpted some very classy Fallingwater paperweights that I'd like to sell. I'd welcome feedback. If someone can tell me how to post a photo I'll put one up. I though of putting a picture on Flickr, but can't log on there for some reason...maybe it's a Mac thing.
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:19 pm
Okay, trying to post a photo based on the instructions in another thread.
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:25 pm
Okay, clearly that didn't work, but at least the picture is up on photobucket:
The paperweight is about 4"x3" and about 4" tall, made of cold cast bronze, which is bronze powder mixed in resin. The landscape is sculpted so it's clear how the building fits into it. The home itself is a massing model with volumes based on the actual designs. It struck me how de stijl-like this project is.
I'm hoping this board will act as my market research before approaching gift-shops. I'm thinking of a price point of $45. Any thoughts?
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:44 pm
URL addresses must begin with http://
Not sure what's wrong with the URL for your photo.
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:58 pm
Trying this again:
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:47 pm
Yeah, I tried that. I'm not sure I've seen a number like that s249 at the beginning of a URL before. . .
Punch up your photo at photobucket again and copy the whole thing, http and all. . .?
Fallingwater Model url
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:56 pm
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:11 pm
Hmm. Well, I think the material choice is good. Reminds me of the legendary Cord models delivered to depositors waiting for their new cars in 1936, when the company was having start-up trouble on the assembly line.
Is the house accurately proportioned -- ie, in scale ? That would be critical. I think it looks ok -- though I'd be happier if the base was cut off just below the bottom of the waterfall, I think.
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:03 am
Thanks for the input. The bronze material looks very sharp and I'm also experimenting with a pewter version. The size of the base gives the piece a good heft and also something to grab onto. Any other comments? Suggestions on where these might be sold?
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:42 am
The base needs some definition of form if it's to be that big; a (roughly) cylindrical slug just doesn't cut it. . .in my opinion. A perfect cylinder, with a crisp bottom edge. . .maybe ?
I assume you can deal with those "runs" below the waterfall ? (Please don't tell me those are intentional !
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:53 am
I agree with SDR, the base is WAY too big. Maybe leave at max 1" below the waterfall edge.
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:02 pm
There's a difference between a paperweight and a doorstop, after all. . .!
Best wishes. Where to sell it ? Buy a FLW structure and open a gift shop ?
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:10 pm
I'll take another look at the base depth. I wanted it to sit up high, but may be this is too high. I had thought about putting it on a wood base, but the simpler straight edges felt better. The proportions are accurate to the actual building.
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:54 pm
Maybe a nice cylinder of walnut (the wood used at Fallingwater) or stone (?) matching the diameter of the casting ? I know this greatly raises the cost. . .
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:02 pm
Deke: I think the sculpture looks great; well rendered with proper proportions.
I agree with SDR's suggestion about a cylindrical base form. The pure geometries of the house are in too sharp contrast with the sides of the base. The suggestion of stylized water in parallel vertical striations on the base downstream of the falls as in the Jester model, might integrate the house sculpture to the base more effectively.
Suggestions for marketing opportunities: Fallingwater gift shop (or any of a number of Wright site gift shops), Wright Preservation Trust catalog, AIA chapter book stores (Philadelphia).