The artist, Douwe Blumberg, conducting site research off Interstate 15 at Exit 365 outside Brigham City in Box Elder County.
Historical grade tour of the 1869 transcontinental railroad with Utah’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Chris Merritt, to review recent research on the experiences of Chinese immigrant who worked on the transcontinental railroad.
Digital “sculpt” using computer software of the “East” side depicting the Union Pacific workforce.
Digital “sculpt” using computer software of the “South” side depicting the innovation and technology of the transcontinental railroad.
A full-scale panel is “rough cut” from sculpting foam. An example of the Union Pacific workforce side in sculpting foam.
Each “rough cut” foam panel is covered with sculpting clay. The foam becomes the underlying form upon which the artist lays on the clay and then sculpts each detail/figure by hand.
The artist working on the detail and figures of a panel on the Union Pacific side.
A sculpting clay detail of a panel on the “South” side of the Golden Spike Monument sculpture.
Each panel is brought from Douwe Blumberg’s studio in Kentucky to a foundry in Oklahoma where a mold is made.
While at the foundry, the molds are used to make an aluminum casting of each panel.
The aluminum rough-cast panels are shipped back to the Douwe Blumberg’s studio in Kentucky where they are finished and fitted together.