error , Fredrick Hart created the first figurative Lucite
His journey led him to the engineering of a mold and
casting formula he could use to pour Lucite; this allowed him
to produce effects in sculpture not possible before with
stone or bronze. More importantly Fredrick Hart
developed a technique for using very fine high-
definition molds in single castings. Now, instead of
having to cast pieces separately, you could cast the
entire sculpture in a single pouring. It will take another
thirty-years before the art world fully realizes the massive
changes effected by this one development.
The acrylic sculpture we see today would not exist if
it had not been for Fredrick Hart. He discovered and
pioneered the world of Lucite sculptures while carrying the
art form on his back. The critics of Fredrick Hart and acrylic
as a fine art media were silenced when, The Hermitage
Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia welcomed into its
permanent collection, `Daughters of Odessa Songs of Grace.'
Fredrick Hart's Lucite sculpture became the first
figurative sculpture ever created by an American to
be embraced into a permanent home by a Russian
M u s e u m . Never again has acrylic sculpture been
challenged or criticized as a fine art media.
Today there are two types of acrylic sculpture. The
first type is called leafed in or leafed out. This sculpture
will have etchings or sand blasted areas, which give contrast
and relief against the clearer areas of the sculpture. The
etched or sandblasted area tends to be of a frosty nature
and depending on the artist's choice you will see the main
image in the clear or frosted portion.
The second type of acrylic sculpture is called
Embedment. Embedments come with no etched or sanded