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Taxidermist Laurence Isard to display sculpturesTaxidermist Laurence Isard to display sculptures- cleveland.com
..., Taxidermist Laurence Isard to display sculptures
...Taxidermist Laurence Isard to display sculptures
...In the studio where artist and taxidermist Laurence Isard works at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Isard alone moves and breathes.
Each of the bodies around him honors nature from a single, frozen pose.
Now it's time for the honoring of Isard
, which the museum is doing through "Animal Expressions," an exhibition of 55 bronze sculptures made over the last 30 years.The show opens with a fund-raising preview party Saturday and remains on view through Sunday, March 23.
In preparation, Isard
, 75, has been gathering his
bronzes at the museum, where he
has worked part time since retiring in 1997.In progress is a new sculpture of a gangly limbed gibbon.Isard
hoped to have his
wax original finished and then cast at a local foundry in time for the opening of the show, but progress has been slow.
"It's giving me fits," says Isard
The primate in progress sits on a plywood block.Nearby is a pot of hot wax, for building onto the sculpture, and a small torch for softening areas to be reworked. Isard
has one piece of reference material other artists might not: a gibbon skeleton from the museum's collections."I got this body down in physical anthropology," he
Today, the sculptor says he
hasn't built the piece up enough around the shoulders, which on a real animal are thick with fur.He'll soon add wax to the upper back and "put a suggestion of hair," Isard
Sculptures by Larry Isard
Sculptures by Larry Isard
lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
51-year career there began in 1947 as a volunteer.
During this time he spent 10 years as an exhibits preparer and as a taxidermist and 21 years as assistant director of the Museum.
own interest in the environment and natural history helped created interesting exhibits states Larry
own easygoing manner.
The magnificent display of dinosaurs and fish in the Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life, the extraordinary dioramas of lifelike animal mounts and cultural artifacts in Sears Hall of Human Ecology and the space created for temporary exhibits by the addition of Kahn Hall are just a few of the projects guided by Larry
"Exhibits is the most important division of the Museum," said Larry
, who in retirement has returned to the exhibits division s a part-time sculptor and taxidermist.
has put all these years experience together and can be found in his
The warmth and love of nature is evident in each piece.
You can also find a bit of humor in this beauty as found in GOTHIC TWILIGHT and a little mouse he
did once as gifts to friends.
Museum Presents Conservation Educator of the Year Award
McCormack received an engraved bronze wildlife statue sculpted by artist Larry Isard and a certificate for her school in recognition of her contributions to conservation education.