This is a documentary by the San Antonio based artists Mark and Angela Walley. It documents the lost wax casting process used to fabricate the public commission “Tooter”. It was installed in 2010 on the campus of the Laramie County Community College, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The Artist’s Proposal:
I propose to fabricate and Install a sculpture cast in bronze. The concept of the sculpture will be an allegory where animals play the part of students and a professor. The “professor” will be an adolescent bear standing upright on a foundation or stack of books, as if lecturing or reaching for something. The “students” around him will be three jackrabbits: one looking at an open book, one sniffing a closed book, and one ignoring it all. The title would be a word play on tutor or tutoring someone. You will also notice that my “animals” are made from cast bronze shoes, belts, gloves, extension cords, and other human items. This gives them a surreal reference to what is the natural world of wild animals and a connection to the civilized world where we use these animals as our food, their skins as our clothing, and so forth.