DiTarando Sculpture


Gates and Firescreens

Sometimes an artist’s concepts are carefully laid out on a sketch board;
sometimes they are scribbled on the back of a napkin. Whatever sparks
the idea is of no consequence. It is the end result that matters. In his most recent endeavor, Roger DiTarando is bringing his dream of gate design and construction into reality.

Gates have unlimited possibilities. They can vary in size and shape, used indoor or outdoor, and reflect any number of themes. The functionality of a gate can be expanded to include fence forms with fountains, arbors, trellises, and even birdbaths as corresponding pieces. Any theme can also be adapted into a decorative fireplace screen. Constructed of welded-fabricated cast bronze, copper and stainless steel, the gates are durable and completely maintenance free.

Several gates are currently under development in the studio. One employs a copper bamboo framework embellished with decorative Japanese cranes. Another is a simple woven style fabricated from sheet bronze, with a koi serving as both ornament and latch. A prototype is initially constructed in masonite and serves as a model. Some preliminary gate elements and techniques include the following:

Branch Forms
textured copper and stainless steel branch stock can be constructed to form sections of an arbor, trellis, fence, or firescreen.

Asian Themes
By using “bamboo” as the structure, the elegant simplicity of this style can be married with such elements as fish, birds, dragonflies, flowers, trees, and more.

Bamboo: the bamboo is constructed entirely of copper. Because real bamboo is unstable and susceptible to climate changes, Roger’s copper bamboo provides year-round use with no maintenance. Copper bamboo, whether used individually or as a cluster, can also be a vehicle for introducing water to a sculpture. See the use of bamboo in the Jizai planters (GALLERY - and more).

Bronze and Copper Layering
Bronze and Copper Layering: this method of construction can begins as simply as cutting material like cookie dough and continues to the next level of overlapping pieces to create shadow lines and depth. the next step involves grinding or blending the different layers to give flow or rhythm to the subject, with the final step in the process being the actual formation of the metal in order to achieve the desired three-dimensional effect. Each sculpture can be formed with any or all levels of this layering process, thereby effecting both time of completion and total cost.

See more gates and firescreens in the GALLERY.