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George Segal's Walk, Don't Walk.

George Segal is an American sculptor. He puts full-size people in his artworks. His models have to work in a very special way. George wraps their bodies with gauze dipped in plaster. The plaster dries quickly. When one part is dry, he takes it off. Then, he puts all the sections together into a hollow copy of the model. This is called casting.

George Segal's figures are dressed in ordinary clothes; they are doing ordinary things in ordinary places. One thing is not ordinary though. The people are one color from head to toe white. These ghost-white figures stand or sit beside real tables, gas pumps or electric street signs. The real objects are not all white like the people, they are in natural color. The kind of art that George Segal creates is called Pop Art.

In Walk, Don't Walk, three people stand on a street corner. They are waiting for the signal of the street sign to change so they can cross. Do they look like people you know? They might. They are cast from real people. Notice their clothing, hair and shoes. Even the buttons and wrinkles are there. They look real but they are all white. Look at the street sign. The electric lights flash red and green. Have you seen a street sign like this? The sign is not a casting. It is real.

Do you like George Segal's art? Would you like to be his model? How do you think it would feel to be wrapped in plaster?

A SCULPTURE TO TRY

1 Observe all the objects around you. Natural things like nuts or leaves, parts of you like your hand or foot, or manmade things like toys or erasers.

2 Fill a Styrofoam tray with plaster of Paris. While plaster is wet, press the object into it. This will leave an impression. When the plaster hardens, you have a negative mold.

3 Choose a material for your casting (wax or plaster, etc.). Pour this material into the mold until level and let it dry. When you remove the casting, you have a relief casting.

4 Paint your casting. You could paint it in its natural colors, you could paint it all one color or you could paint it any way you want.

WORDS TO DISCUSS

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