The Face Of Nijmegen miniature
Client: Andreas Hetfeld
DTR design: Eduardo Pérez
Plinth: 47 mm wide, 90 mm high
Mask: 55 mm wide, 60 mm high
From archaeological find …
The mask on which Andres Hetfeld based his artwork has its origin in an archaeological find of a 2,000-year-old Roman equestrian mask – one of the oldest and most beautiful objects in the history of Nijmegen and the Netherlands. This face helmet has been on display in Museum Het Valkhof for many years. Around 1915 it would have been dredged in the Waal, near the Nijmegen railway bridge. The original mask is covered with brass and bears traces of silvering and gilding.
… To a monumental work of art
Artist Andreas Hetfeld was captivated by the beauty of the equestrian mask that inspired him to create the monumental work of art “The Face of Nijmegen”. After a majestic journey across the Waal, the 6-meter-high mask artwork has been on the city island of Veur Lent since April 2020. Since then, the iconic image has magically attracted visitors and photographers. Photos of the statue have now spread all over the world as a symbol of hope, strength and protection.
Collaboration Hetfeld and De Tinnen Roos
The artist has sought collaboration with the craft company De Tinnen Roos to develop and manufacture some beautiful products of the artwork. De Tinnen Roos is located in Millingen and is known far beyond the national borders for its craftsmanship and detailed products. Millingen is also the place where Shipyard Millingen produced “The Face of Nijmegen”.
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Design and model
Design on the computer
For the design of the mask, existing 3D drawings were used that formed the basis of the artwork. These drawings were not suitable for the production of the souvenir line. That is why adjustments have been made within De Tinnen Roos, using ZBrush and SolidWorks. A miniature of the mask was created along with detailed photos of the artwork itself.
We were able to make the completed 3D drawing tangible with the 3D printer. The parts are built up layer by layer. A frame is printed on the sides of the parts to ensure that the hot mass does not collapse during printing. Before the parts can be used, the frame must be cut off and the object thoroughly cleaned with alcohol.
Making mold and casting
The masters were cast in a first mold using the plastic parts. Masters are used to make the production mold. All molds are manufactured in-house and adapted per product for the best casting results. The View of Nijmegen consists of two separate parts. The mask and the interior with the stairs. Both objects have a different volume and therefore have a different clotting time. For this reason, each part has its own production mold where we can cast several copies at the same time.
It is cast with a tin alloy. This alloy is produced by ourselves in the casting pots. With each pour, the mixture is manually poured into the spincasting machine.
Finishing with acids
After cutting the mask and the interior, the whole is not yet ready. The dull silver color of the material itself is still present. To get the antique look of our end product, the parts have been given an acid bath. The entire surface was carefully made free of grease and dust before the acid was added. The smallest details were brushed with a toothbrush so that no spots were missed. Finally, the parts have been brushed clean to buff away the dark layer and give the miniature artwork its final appearance.
With two loose, finished parts and an empty plinth, one more step has to be taken to achieve the end result. In this case it was decided not to solder the tin parts, but to stick the stairs in the mask with 3M VHB double-sided tape. This tape is so strong that the parts do not separate after mounting and must therefore be placed very precisely. The mask is attached to the base with the same tape.