Sculpture in Motion Pictures
Part of Hollywood’s magic is due to sculptors whose wonderful talent and hard work make a visual feast of the films we watch.
In little more than a decade, Ron Mueck’s hyperrealist sculptures have garnered both critical acclaim and enormous popularity with audiences who are otherwise indifferent to contemporary art.
As director of Metropolis, Fritz Lang set out to create “the costliest and most ambitious picture ever made.” Metropolis was shot in 310 days in 1925 and 1926, with 30,000 extras, 750 bit parts, and a confluence of brilliant artistic talent. The story line received negative reviews when the film premiered in Berlin in 1927, but critics then and now are nearly unanimous in praise of the movie’s visual power.
Wesley Wofford made the decision that would take his life full circle after two years as an art scholarship student at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Although the traditional academic program was excellent, it seemed to offer no direct route to life as a working sculptor. Eager to pursue his passion in the real world, Wofford moved west to the place where training and opportunity in cutting-edge methods and materials flourished.