Graham Ibbeson – Eric Morecambe statue

Eric5 blueWhen the Eric Morecambe bronze statue was vandalised in Autumn 2015 there was both a huge public outcry and renewed interest in the piece. Graham Ibbeson, the artist, who we have known for some time asked us to help him produce a set of limited edition bronzes from the original model.

We 3D optically scanned the original 7ft model to an accuracy of 0.05 mm and then scaled the computer models down to 380mm and 220mm. The computer data was used to rapid manufacture the smaller Eric models out of resin.

This enabled the models to be used as tooling to make the casts for forging, and also allowed Graham to paint up the resin models to show potential clients an exact replica of what he would cast for them.

This way Graham could increase the number of orders, thereby increasing his margins by casting in multiples rather than as single casts, and also secure the money to invest in the casting process. It also allowed us to work with the bronze foundry to accurately cost the limited edition run of numbered maquettes.

Now the data has been captured there are a number of other commercial opportunities open to Graham. We have been asked to section the model data to enable a version of the Eric statue to be machined and mounted on a wall of a theatre and also on the outside of buildings.

The model data enables the statue to be machined from a range of materials and accurately scaled as required.



Steve Mehdi – Tall Dreams sculpture

G9A4562_HRWe were approached by Steve Mehdi, to help him deliver a commission to create a fabricated 8 metre high sculpture for a major office development in Sheffield city centre.

We are already working with Steve, an established local artist in the Yorkshire region, on his 30 metre high Man of Steel and also the Heart of Steel projects. Steve has a unique and innovative style of creating his art by using simple packaging tape; however the shapes and forms he creates are incredibly complex in design.

The challenge was to capture the complexity of the original 380mm high tape structure without losing any detail, and ensuring it remained a true and accurate representation of the original piece.

We scanned the sculpture named ‘Tall Dreams’ with the 3D optical scanning system, and the scan data was refined to highlight the individual panels of the piece as required in the fabrication process. The piece was finally scaled accurately for final manufacture and also the sculpture’s perfect alignment with the column it would sit on.

Steve was involved in the whole process to ensure nothing was lost from the original 380mm model to the final 8 metre sculpture. When the data was signed off the CAD files were sent through to the fabricator to start planning the manufacture of ‘Tall Dreams’.

‘Tall Dreams’ has now been successfully manufactured and is located in a square at the Velocity office complex in Sheffield City Centre. Now that the scan data is captured Steve is considering a number of further commercial opportunities, such as using the data to create a range of limited edition sculptures for the developers of Velocity or for purchase by individual collectors.