ray gun sculpture

by Scott Nelles $160.00
Handmade
Recycled

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  • the story

Zip! Zap! Wow!

Look out, Captain! The creature is behind you!

It's been a long time since you felt the thrill of those classic sci-fi adventures, whether in a darkened theater or on the Saturday morning TV screen. Your tastes in entertainment may have matured since then, but one blast from this fantastic laser gun replica will bring that old magic flooding back.

Either a grown-up toy or a youthful work of art, this galactic artifact is the creation of Michigan artist, Scott Nelles. Nelles uses a sand mixture to create casts of his original prototype (an exact copy of one given to me by alien beings, he insists), and then pours molten bronze and recycled aluminum into the forms. The resulting sculpture has a rich texture and patina, as if battle-worn from your days in the Galactic Cadets. With the included display stand, it makes a far-out conversation piece for your home or office. Handmade in Michigan.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
19973
Made from
recycled aluminum, bronze
Measurements
15" L x 6" H
Notes
Display stand included (shown towards the right side of the image; the vertical beam propping up the barrel of the Ray Gun).
  • the maker

Scott Nelles

Scott Nelles works with bronze using one of the most time-tested processes in existence: sand casting. This process involves building the object's shape from packed sand and then filling the cavity with molten iron. This process produces a subtle texture that adds to the character of each piece, making them seem handmade yet straight from the machine age.

Nelles' fascination with metal casting and clay sculpting began as a young boy. He began his 30-year career by educating himself at Western Michigan University, Oakland Community College and The Center for Creative Studies. His work is produced by the ancient technique of sand casting in which a sand mold is made of an original sculpture. The molten brass is poured into the mold and assumes the shape.

Of metal, he states, "I have created work in many different media, but I have always been led back to the same conclusion. There is nothing so durable, so inherently endowed with wealth of longevity and quality as metal." collection

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