Anton Alvarez Creates One-of-a-Kind Bronze Sculptures for “L’Ultima Cera” in Milan
Cabinetmaking, interior architecture, furniture design… Anton Alvarez studied all three of those disciplines at universities in Sweden and the U.K. (he’s of Swedish-Chilean decent). That likely explains his unusual technique to create bronze sculptures, 12 of which were in “L’Ultima Cera,” an exhibition during Milan’s Salone del Mobile produced by cultural consultancy 5VIE and held in the 15th-century church San Bernardino alle Monache. He begins with a large ceiling-hung extruder adapted to work with wax. Using an electric motor to exert over 4,000 pounds of pressure on the wax, the material is pushed through different molds and cut-outs landing in a pool of cold water, where Alvarez hand-shapes the wax into its final form. Once set, the pieces are cast in bronze, each one-of-a-kind.