A sculpture begins with a thought or concept, grows with further
research and design, and finishes with construction. DiTarando
sculptures are constructed of weatherproof non-ferrous, recycled
metals (up to 95% recycled scrap) – such as copper, bronze and
stainless steel – using a combination of welded-fabrication, die
forming and casting.
Direct metal sculpture is the basic creative platform through which
Roger’s study of anthropomorphic relationships have been, and
continue to be, explored. He has used this process as as stabilizing
force from which he has continued to diversify. The versatility of
this approach, which encompasses hand wrought, forged, and welded
construction, offers an exhilarating immediacy to a sculptural idea.
Using fabricated metal eliminates complex processes and timely
delays, allowing all of Roger’s energy to channel into the more
pleasurable intimacies of the creative process.
Sand-casting projects (like the Fish Grates) require wood patterns.
Once the pattern is constructed, not only can the design can be
replicated, but the pattern can be cast in any pourable metal
(steel, cast iron, brass, bronze, or aluminum). Cast iron is often a
low-cost, durable option.
Die-forming is used to form any type of sheet metal. Tooling dies
are made of male/female mating components which are then pressed
with the desired metal between them. The resulting material conforms
to the shape of the mating dies.
Over the years, Roger has developed many reproducible pieces.
Through previously constructed molds, dies, and tooling, he can
create finished sculptures that are considerably less expensive and
time consuming as a one-of-a-kind. These edition and series works
can also be tailored to suit a specific client need. A brief
explanation of each type of DiTarando sculpture is as follows:
Edition: Edition pieces rarely stray from a standard
template; however, different elements from these individual
sculptures can be merged with others to create a unique piece.
Series: Goats, sheep, herons, spirited birds, birdbaths, and
gates are all examples of sculpture that are designed with the
option of making alterations.
Cross over: The interchange of series themes, for example why
not a Japanese crane sculpture set in a bed of river stone on a path
to a corresponding gate – fence and exterior light all with
relating themes, granted this could get busy or over done but if
done correctly it could be incredible.
One-of-a-Kind: With one-of-a-kind sculptures, both the design
and fabrication processes begin from scratch. Whereas the result is
a unique DiTarando “original”, they are considerably more expensive
and take longer to produce.