Status: In a Private Collection, Similar Reproduction Available. (Please contact me to make a similar piece.)
Although I have done several renditions of the “Comedy-Drama” theater masks for clients across the country, the commission for this set of masks was a wonderful opportunity for me to expand the limits of my artistic capabilities and test the limits of my tools… so much so, that I felt the pieces should be named something grand, and so “Dos Cabezas Grande” were born!
Primarily hand-formed from T-304 16 Gauge stainless steel, I was able to attain greater depth in the dimensions of the masks by tackling a long-overdue task of building my own “junkyard power-hammer.” You can check out a short video of the power hammer I built below.
Each mask measures about 36″ in height and 24″ in width, and the size and dimensions proved to be a little too much for my 47 year-old shoulders and my 24 year-old planishing hammer. While hammering the masks and smoothing with the planishing hammer, the planishing hammer broke and the desire for a power hammer quickly turned into a need.
Once the power-hammer was put in service the masks moved along quickly and soon headed to their new home in sunny California! Also incorporated into the masks are reclaimed 3/8″, 1/4″ and 3/16″ stainless steel rods and puddles of molten stainless steel are used to replicate the tears of joy and tragedy. Unlike the smaller versions of the theater masks that are connected together, “Dos Cabezas Grande” were designed to be individually hung. Each mask is welded together using the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding process.
Similar masks can be made and personalized with many effects, to include more details, different materials (like copper), and other adornments and facial expressions that you might want.
The Comedy-Tragedy Theater Masks and similar wall hangings are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Comedy-Tragedy Theater Masks
© 2014 – Kirt Rebello