Life size bust of Andre the Giant casted in silicone
My brothers, my dad and I would wrestle in our basement where my dad build a fake wrestling ring made of multiple layers of carpet and ropes wrapped in foam. The spectacle of wrestling has always fascinated me ever since I was a child. It is the wrestler's ability to capture an audience and bring them to an alternate reality that filled me with amazement. One larger than life icon whose popularity stretched beyond the world of wrestling was Andre the Giant. I was never impressed with his in ring abilities but his size and presence alone mystified anyone who viewed him. As you watch videos of him wrestle or look at old photos, the reaction of the people who surround him are quite dramatic. Bringing that spectacle into a gallery setting with my bust of the Giant, was what I hoped to achieve.