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  • Thom Hunt’s concrete interpretation of a charging bull was all the “rage” at World of Concrete.
  • The bull’s skeleton was formed with 3/8-inch rebar covered with expanded metal lath.
  • The bull begins to take shape with the application of a sand and portland cement plaster mix.
  • To simulate the look of a bronze statue, Hunt applies a blue-brown metallic stain.

At the 2013 World of Concrete in Las Vegas, show goers not only had to fight the stampeding crowds, they also faced off against a threatening 1,600-pound bull, realistically represented in concrete. In the Smith Decorative Concrete Products booth, artist Thom Hunt of BBStudios, Fairsbury, Neb., brought this long-horn beast to life, demonstrating his unique sculpting techniques.

This concrete interpretation of a charging bull is 8 feet long and 6 feet tall. The armature was crafted from 3/8-inch rebar covered with expanded metal lath. To this, Hunt applied a 2-inch-thick sand and portland cement plaster mix, which he then sculpted and textured into its final shape using Smith’s 4-in-1 overlay material. To simulate the look of a bronze statue, he applied a blue-brown metallic finish using Smith’s concrete stains.

Hunt’s sculpting process begins with the use a hand-held air compressor to “push” the concrete onto the skeletal armature. After that, he uses hand tools to carve the hardened shape. He uses similar techniques to make other animal sculptures and rock and water features for exhibits, zoos and aquariums. To see Hunt’s handiwork, as well as a video of him creating the bull, visit his website at www.bigbamboostudios.com

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