Hudson Valley Business To Produce Newly Redesigned Oscar Statuette
A local business has secured a contract with the Academy Awards to produce the newly redesigned Oscar statuette. The Wrap reports Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry of Rock Tavern has been chosen to replace a Chicago company who had been behind the production for 32 years.
The newly redesigned statuette will more closely resemble those of the 1920s which was designed by MGM artist Cedric Giibbons and a man named George Stanley. The facial features had become softened over the years and the new version will feature a more prominent jawline.
According to Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry's website, the process to make 50 statues took approximately three months. Each weighs 8.5 pounds and is 13.5 inches tall. The bronze molds are created locally then sent off to Brooklyn for gold plating. The process of creating the molds involve incredibly high temperatures.
The waxes are each dipped in a ceramic shell slurry for ten coats. Once the shell is cured, it is fired in an oven at 1600° F. Bronze at 1860° F is then poured into the hot ceramic shell and allowed to cool overnight.
When the Academy Awards air on February 28th, you can take pride in knowing those statuettes are Hudson Valley made.