DiTarando Sculpture



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.

Fabricated Metal
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.