In June of 2015 I posted an outdoor installation of abstract steel masks. The purpose of the installation has been to find out just what happens to my sculpture when I use different types of varnish and elements on the steel. The installation went through over six months of being in outside with monsoons, cold in the teens at night and heat in the highs of 95 degrees during the summer. Today I took this picture of what the installation looks like and viewed the various sculpture to see how elements did in the outside for the eight months so far. I still have to compare the varnishes from my original notebook on what was used, but all in all everything seems to be in excellent shape. This may inspire me to do some outdoor sculpture without worrying what it will look like facing the elements every day.
I am including some details of the sculpture and the elements with a few comments.
This details show digital prints on beverage cans and other metals. The cans have been varnished with MSA Varnish from Golden. They are in great shape after being outdoors.
This mask has digital prints on both beverage cans and copper along with assorted wires, heat patina and guilders paste.
The copper on the mask has some surface pitting and some other marks from the weather. The coating is Rust Oleum’s Matte Clear Enamel.
This piece is in really great shape in it’s environment. Of course my notes don’t have what I used on the final top coat.
This mask has a final coat of Rust Oleum lacquer. That coat lasts really well in the outdoors.