Inside view of the sandforming hall of Noack fine art foundry in Berlin.
One of the makers at Noack fine art foundry working on a sand mold for a sculpture.
The making of a sculpture, detail of a sand mold
In the sand molding shop, detail of a worker refining the mold
Ochre-colored papier-mâché molds, stacked
Detail of a work table at the foundry
Under the work table at the foundry
Inside view of the large hall at Noack fine art foundry with silicon molds for large sculptures in the making.
Red silicone molds of pieces of a large sculpture in the making.

Noack Fine Art Foundry

It's been a while since I had the opportunity to document the casting process of a sculpture by Jone Kvie for the Opdahl Gallery at Noack Fine Art Foundry, one of the five leading foundries worldwide.

But over the years, I have become an even greater admirer. I find both the place and the process so incredibly fascinating because of the many contrasts they combine. In a state-of-the-art building that houses a traditional fourth-generation family business, contemporary art is produced to perfection using the most original artisanal methods. The foundry has been in existence for over 125 years and produces for some of the most important contemporary artists - from Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz to Tony Cragg, Anselm Reyle and Alicja Kwade.

During my visit, I was able to observe the casting process in its various stages – captured are papier-mâché models and silicone molds, as well as the production steps in the sand molding shop.

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