Thursday, January 24, 2013
Dallas sculptor creates bipartisan animals inspired by U.S. senate and presidents
The living presidents will be gifted the editions that represent their respective administrations.
Brad Oldham, a Dallas-based sculptor whose studio is in the Dallas Design District, is passionate in his belief that our political leaders must to work together to lead our country in a positive direction.
“I’m not very political, but something about this past election season inspired me in a way that I haven’t been before,” says Oldham.
He channeled this inspiration into his preferred medium of expression, sculpture, resulting in the advent of the playfully patriotic Bipartisan Collection.
The Bipartisan Collection features six sculptures — three playful pachyderms and three adorable donkeys — representing the Republican and Democratic parties. Named Uno, Slide, and Giggles, the sculptures signify three characteristics it takes to be bipartisan: balance, compromise, and a sense of humor.
The collection has two series — the Senate Series and the President Series. Each series is limited in edition, and each sculpture is hand-stamped with a series seal, as well as the edition number. At the end of the run on each series, the casting mold is broken, ensuring that the sculptures will never be created again and preserving the value of the series.
“These sculptures are truly heirloom pieces,” say Oldham. “Incredible care was taken in designing the packaging and properly marking each sculpture to ensure that these pieces will hold their value and truly become collectors items.” These are certainly the sort of items you’ll want to pass down from generation to generation.
Limited to 100 editions, the number of members in the U.S. Senate, the Senate series features Uno, Slide, and Giggles in hand-applied, proprietary party patinas of red and blue. Purchase the sculptures individually, or receive a 22% discount when purchasing a bipartisan pair.
The more exclusive Presidential Series is limited to only 44 editions, reflecting the number of U.S. presidents at the time of casting, and, in the bi-partisan spirit, is sold exclusively in pairs. The five living presidents will be gifted the 39th and 41st through 44th editions, leaving 39 available for purchase.
The sculptures are antique, nickel-plated bronze, and come elegantly packaged in a custom solid wood and leather trunk with owner’s name engraved on top. Throw in the custom published, leather-bound Bipartisan Collection book, and you’ve got yourself a real collectors item!
Beyond their value as art pieces, they’re also conversation starters. “I wanted to create a pieces that were interesting, happy, and told a story,” he said.
With the political divide so deep in the country, one might assume that one side might sell better than the other, or people would purchase along party lines. Not so, Brad says. So far every order has been a bipartisan set!
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