Methods of Manufacture

To construct the sculptures in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Nevelson first made maquettes of each sculpture.  The maquettes do not exist anymore, but from photographs, it is apparent that the final sculptures differed from the original designs. 

Maquette of Cross of the Good Shepherd and Twelve Apostles. Many elements on the finished sculpture are not found on the moquettes.
Birds eye view of the maquette.

Birds eye view of the maquette.

Maquette of the Twelve Apostles and Cross of the Resurrection.  Elements on the Twelve Apostles maquette but not on the original include the chess pieces, replaced with curving wood elements.  Elements missing on the maquette but present on the final sculpture are curving elements attached to the four lower circular elements. 

Maquette of the Twelve Apostles and Cross of the Resurrection.  Elements on the Twelve Apostles maquette but not on the original include the chess pieces, replaced with curving wood elements.  Elements missing on the maquette but present on the final sculpture are curving elements attached to the four lower circular elements. 

Posted on June 22, 2016 .