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Artist Rafael Picon and the creation of the Honorable Discoverer of Florida,

Ponce de Leon.

1513 - 2013

 

"From imagination to creation,

from clay to bronze,

and almost four years of work."

Ponce de Leon

Location: Melbourne Beach, Ponce de Leon Landing Park, Brevard County Fl.

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In Rafael's Rockledge Fl. Studio, the Masterpiece in begins in clay.

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IPreparing the mold of Ponce's head and artist Loly Marquez carving the Kings head on Ponce's sword.

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Pouring the bronze, artist Pearl Ollie and Rafael.

The beginning of the puzzle of the creation, The Great Ponce de Leon.

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Head of Ponce after the casting.

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Welding the sculpture together with silicone bronze wire.

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The imfamous ladder which I fell off, breaking my ankle and back.

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Almost done, Patinas and polishing.

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The wonderful artist Pearl Ollie, helping me through thousands of hours of work, to make the sculpture of Ponce.

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   The final piece of art, I'm proud of it....

   I would like to thank all of the people who helped make this great sculpture possible.