Contemporary plastic art is in a constant search for forms, content and ideological content of works. In recent years, sculptures made of polyurethane foam have become very common.
Among professional craftsmen, the use of foam is rather rare than the rule. And among fans of this material is becoming increasingly popular. This is due to the ease in processing the material, unlimited possibilities in giving the mass any shape, resistance to external factors, the availability of foam.
Until now, the sculpture made of polyurethane foam has not stepped over the scope of decorativeness and amatement. Most of the sculptures adorn gardens and country palisades. But the massiveness of this hobby gives hope that soon and professional masters will appreciate this material.
Technologically, creating a sculpture from polyurethane foam looks complicated: you need to create a frame from plastic bottles, glasses, cans, interconnected using hoses, cocktail straws or wire. The second stage is the spraying of foam on the frame, and it all ends up giving the sculpture the necessary shape using sculpting with wet gloves. After the material has hardened, the sculpture is processed with an ordinary penknife, sandpaper, and then painted with nitro paint.
Plots of sculptures made of polyurethane foam are simple and naive. Since the vast majority of them are designed to decorate summer cottages, the lion's share of the sculptures are fairy-tale heroes and gnomes, animals, mushrooms and flowers, which are usual for summer cottages.
The creation of foam sculptures has become so massive that even some fashion trends have appeared in this direction. Images of dinosaurs, ancient dinosaurs and fantastic creatures become popular. Amateur sculptors pay a lot of attention to the heroes of modern fantastic action movies: transformers, superheroes, heroes of horror films.
A separate direction in foam sculpture is the creation of garden lamps in the Japanese style. Lanterns give the garden a special charm and oriental flavor.
The worldwide network is replete with all sorts of workshops on making sculptures from polyurethane foam. Accurate instructions provided with illustrations and video tutorials allow even a novice who was previously unfamiliar with this art to sculpt.
Large manufacturers of mounting silicone foam often organize whole foam sculpture festivals for advertising purposes, as well as supply art academies with materials for experiments by young sculptors.
During such a festival in Estonia, the famous sculptures of the nun, Georg Ots and other famous Estonians were created.
Polyurethane foam material is grateful, giving a lot of opportunities for imagination, and also quite strong and durable.