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Lady Liberty’s Favorite Look? Bronze.

Thanks to the meshing of old and new metalcasting techniques, a bronze casting of the plaster model Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi used to create the Statue of Liberty is now up for sale—at least to those who have money to burn, according to the New York Times.

One bronze replica of the model costs $1.1 million, and so far, two of the 12 bronzes have found homes with private collectors.

The plaster model was too fragile to be coated in silicone to make a mold. So a French company, 7Dworks, scanned the model and made a digital reproduction. This was sent to Fonderie Susse, Arcueil, France, which is using the investment casting process to make the finished bronze sculptures.

Each bronze replica is 9.4 ft. tall and weighs 1,000 lbs. It takes 600 hours to create just one.

Check out more details and photo galleries at the New York Times’ website.


Casting Is Cool

But don’t take our word for it. Watch this video about a metalcasting restoration project being conducted by Winston-Salem-based Famiano Design Group and Penumbra Design Studio.

Not enough casting in that one? Try this one.

We love it when the ancient art is co-mingled with modern technology, and these casting projects take it to the next level. Not only are the design teams using laser scanners to build patterns for their castings, the products themselves are little bits of history.

And with the right combination of coolness and technical know-how, perhaps the metalcasting industry can effectively tell its story and create some interest in casting as a career.

“If we can get the best and brightest into manufacturing positions and allow them to use their brains to figure out how they’re going to beat the overseas competition, we can win in a global marketplace, despite what people say about having to compete with 25-cent an hour labor,” Mike Klonsinski, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Project, says in the second video.

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