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Bronze Bas Relief Portrait on Memorial Plaque

August 25, 2012 Uncategorized

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This is a Bas Relief portrait plaque made by Impact Signs for the Rocky Mountain Corporation in Denver, CO, to memorialize the founder of the company. Melvin Greene.

While budget does come into play in the decision process,  nothing matches the beauty and permanence of a bronze bas relief portrait. It is a chance to combine the enduring distinction of bronze, with the legacy, memory, prestige, and honor of a founder, donor, visionary, leader, or loved one.

Bas relief (bah’ruh-leef) – A French term that means “low-raised work.” This art, combined with “high relief” is known as relief sculpture. It is meant to be viewed from one direction as opposed to sculpture meant to be viewed in the round.

We start with a photograph that you provide. Although we can use almost any quality photograph, the better the image the better the modeling effort. Our in house artist /sculptor creates a clay model, an image of which is sent to you via email for your comments or approval. When approved, the clay model is used for the bronze casting process.  While the clay model is a monotone, the finished bronze casting contains highlights, applied via our exclusive hand finishing / staining process.  The bas relief is mechanically attached to the  background of the bronze memorial plaque
Typically the overall height of around 6″ to 9″ with a finished depth of 3/4″ to 1″.

While most commonly associated with bust portraits of people, bas-reliefs are also effective for depicting buildings seals, historical vignettes and many logos.

(A bas relief itself costs $2100 – $2700, and in the range of $3000 – $6000 including the bronze plaque, depending on the size and other factors. Lead time is typically 6-8 weeks. At times we can produce in a shorter timeframe, if needed.)