The idea for this artwork was to take the amazing drawing by Leonardo DiVinci, called the Vitruvian Man, and make it into a piece of wearable art.
DiVinci has always been an inspiration to my art work and this drawing in particular always amazed me. While in college, I took a sculpture class. Our final project was too envision a series and create the first piece. Being an illustrator, I thought it would be great fun to make a series of artwork that you could carry with you everywhere. At the time, I was very into crazy belt buckles. Converting DiVinci's drawing into three dimensions was a challenge. But I managed to carve it out of wax. I then made a mold of it, poured three wax copies and sent it off to the foundry for it to be cast in bronze using the lost wax method.
After college, I lost the mold of the belt buckle. I didn't think about it for years. Just a few years ago, my father in law, an amazing sculptor, found my original mold! He repaired enough to make several wax copies, shipped them to his foundry, did the finishing work and gave them to me for Christmas one year. The mold was too damaged to be used again, so this buckle is never going to be made again. Literally, the mold has been broken.
Material: Patinaed Bronze
Whieght: 4.5 oz
Size: Approximately 3x2.75 in