When a certain grandfather saw the light and joy in the eyes of his young granddaughter, he knew that was an emotion he wanted to save, and a mental photo just wouldn’t do. He commissioned Abraham to create a bust of his granddaughter, smiling with her teeth still coming in and hair blown a bit, […]
We have so many wonderful clients with artistic vision. It is always a joy when we can match the vision, with the raw stone, and the finished product. Such was the case in late 2021 with the idea of a custom scallop shell sink, the discovery of a beautifully marbles piece of raw onyx, and […]
The Studio of Abraham Mohler along with our resident artist team were excited to take part in the ribbon cutting of the new installation at Turtle Park last week. It’s inspiring to see so many people enjoying the work and investing in the wellbeing of our city’s youth and greenspaces. Read more on the full […]
Hey guys, thanks for checking out my video on the making of Aslan. If you like what you see here and want to find out more about this work, here are some actions I would love for you to take: – Check out the lion in person. It’s resting at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Saint Louis […]
It’s Moving Day! How do you move a 50,000 pound sculpture? One piece at a time… and with a call to Sterrett Crane Company, a flat bed, and permit to block a city street for a couple hours. After arriving at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, we are ready to start the installation process. Along with […]
As you can imagine, stone is an expensive material. When progress is measured by how much is removed, an artist gets resourceful in letting nothing go to waste. In fact, this lion sculpture can probably be considered “zero waste.” The blocks, when they were delivered weighed a total of ~50,000 lbs. The lion, including the […]
After blocking out the form with a stone-cutting chainsaw, a grinder with diamond blade is used to “slash and burn” the hard geometric form into smaller planes and contours. From there, hammer and chisel are used to break away the cuts and a bush chisel is used to begin shaping the form. As the details […]
After positioning the headstone in place on the body, the first cuts are made. The nose and mane are outlined and facial features are marked out. Large pieces like this are kept under a tent so work may be done out in the courtyard, rain or shine.
The process begins with research, sketches, and clay sculptures. This study practice helps to keep perspective and allows the artist to plan for both the big-picture and fine details.
In 2019, the Studio of Abraham Mohler received a commission for a number of sculptures for a new children’s garden at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. The installation and dedication was in October 2020, over a year later. Over the next several posts we will showcase the process leading up to the finished product […]