Art melding beauty, strength and elegance can be truly appreciated in three dimensions. Much of what is classified as “sculpture” within this website are large animal sculptures, always created with uncanny realism and sometimes with humor as well. Through his precise, detailed, and very realistic works, Roger DiTarando hints at the mysteries of nature while leaving the viewer anxiously waiting for more.
An exciting example of working with metal in a fiery forge, the bird is almost molten at its base. When heated metal be it steel or copper has a wonderful working quality, soft and malleable.
DiTarando sculptures are comprised of three basic methods of
construction: cast bronze/lost wax, fabrication, and die forming.
While these elements are often used individually, Roger will sometimes
combine them to achieve a unique effect. The sculpture “Set for Life”
(gallery - sculpture) is a good example of where all three types of
construction are used. The simple, rounded carrot is die-formed. The
bunny faces are constructed using the bronze/lost wax method in order
to accurately sculpt their amazing detail. Finally, the leafy part of
the carrot is fabricated of sheet bronze that is then cut and formed by
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. For a complete description of these techniques, please visit the METHODS page.