Our Literacy Enlightenment Bronze Standing Reader Sculpture is a beautiful handcrafted tribute to literacy in Africa from bronze, using the lost wax method. A stately feminine figure in a green skirt stands pouring through a book.
This gorgeous fair trade statue is what we call a "lost wax" figure, an ancient practice in which an artist creates an original sculpture out of wax. This is followed by creating an outer mold usually with plaster around the wax figure. Next the molten bronze is poured inside the outer mold, melting the wax form while at the same time taking its shape in the mold. After it is hardened the plaster mold is removed, the finished product is revealed and the original wax mold is “lost”.