Nature in Bronze

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Artist Kim Shaklee expresses herself with mind blowing sculptures. Kim is a very talented bronze and stone sculptor, and still manages add a very life like effect to her pieces.

 

Artist Kim Shaklee expresses herself with mind blowing sculptures. Kim is a very talented bronze and stone sculptor, and still manages add a very life like effect to her pieces.

 

Kim Shaklee is a sculptor who has loved nature from the very beginning. She sculpts nature and animals. Kim has always been kind of shy. Her art helps her express herself.

 

Kim got into sculpting when she went to a horse show and saw wonderful horse sculptures. Then she realized that is what she wanted to do. She made her first sculpture in the 3rd grade. It was a baby elephant. She still has this piece. Now Kim Shaklee has been sculpting for 23 years. But even now she thinks that birds are the hardest animals to make because they take a lot of research.

 

 She has one piece that is a river otter called “River Rapture” in Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado and it has been there for 11 years. She has a sting ray that will be going in that same park soon.

 

Some of her pieces have a hard time balancing on their own so she put in an internal structure to support it. She puts these in so that if she is able to put that sculpture in a park because it has to be completely safe for it to be around kids and the public.

 

She likes to work with bronze and has just started to experiment with stone. And she finds that these 2 materials are completely different. When you use stone, you scrape off extra and with bronze you add it you places that need more.

 

Kim’s favorite piece is 2 giant turtles called “Homeward Bound”. While most sculptures take 2-3 months to make, one of her smaller pieces took 4 ½ months. As Kim said, “Surprisingly, you can’t go by size. ” She said this because the smaller the piece, the harder it is to see mistakes, so it takes longer.

 

Kim Shaklee is an artist with a great way of thinking and her work is extraordinarily detailed and life like. So next time you happen to be in Loveland stop by Benson Sculpture Garden and look for “River Rapture”.