Steel mesh is integrated in the sculpture after it has been stretched, bent, twisted and pressed into various forms necessary. The forms created do not possess the typical mass that most sculptures possess but it conveys the volume of the art through visual illusions. The surface of the steel mesh is open and it gives the observer the idea that the sculpture is weightless. Movement in the sculpture is an illusion played by the material once the light strikes the steel and creates shadows. Sculptures that are supposed to be hard steel when touched on the surface can now be easily flexed and bent with the addition of the mesh. The shadow created then gives the original art the sharp edge it needs.
Though more and more artists are adapting to this new method, the traditional way of how the art is done is not lost on all of them. They still use the model and with it, the create structures that gives emphasis on the occupied space. Observers that are used to seeing these figures in their traditional forms are taken by surprise with how steel mesh and the resulting figure could give the structure a different look.
The open mesh gives the artist the venue to explore the root of the muscle’s tension and the movement with regards to the figure’s mass. Sculptures that generates shadows are given the three dimensional effect which complements the original art. When both are viewed at the same time, the movement and the form gives the model or the carving a unique look that is not seen in any traditional works.
People are so consumed by traditional sculpture that the visual planes have lost its beauty but thanks to the steel mesh, abstract forms are resurrected are given more time in the spotlight. Since the material is open, back and front, the observer will be able to see the entirety of the piece in just one point of view. Once a person moves around the art, the perception has become cubist with regards to spatial elements. The latest material enables the artist to experiment with spatial elements which enables them to make dynamic concepts out of the stationary ones. The bulk of the former medium hinders the creativity, the light and the shadow’s potential which makes this medium a liberating development to mankind.