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The foundry is primarily occupied with the casting of sculptures and figures in bronze and other metals.
Sculpturel constructions in bronze plates.
Restoration of sculptures and maintenance of our cultural heritage.

The bronze foundry, “Broncestøberiet”, employs 10 craftsmen, who are all highly professional specialists in their various techniques; stucco workers, chasers and bronze founders, whose expertise has been built on many years of working with the company.

The special casting technique, Cire-perdue (“lost wax”), is used for casting in bronze and other metals.

The policy of the foundry is, and always has been, that the workshops be open work areas.

When casting in bronze and other metals the Cire-perdue/Lost wax technique is used.

The advantage of this technique is that there are basically no limitations, in terms of size or complexity, for the projects which Broncestøberiet can engage in. So far now the largest work is 56 sq. m. casted surface and 108 sq. m. construction in bronze plates.

Nor are there limitations regarding the choice of material used for the model or artwork, to be casted. For example: clay, plaster, wax, plasticine, wood, polyester, stone, bone, paper, and so on.
Models in inflammable or partly inflammable materials we cast directly.

Monument Frode Jakobsen

Sculptor Hein Heinsen – Photo: Hein Heinsen

Broncestøberiet has 2 fully equipped mobile work stations with truck-mounted cranes which give us the capacity to work on site without having to move the sculptures.

Many sculptors follow their works through the whole process, and the production of the sculptures takes place in close dialogue between the artists/clients and the craftsmen at the foundry.
The artists can also work on their sculptures at the foundry.
They often come to the foundry to review, retouch and sign their wax models, just as they also have the possibility of doing the finishing/chasing on their newly cast sculptures, either alone or in co-operation with a chaser.

Patination of the finished bronze casting takes place in a similar close communication between Broncestøberiet’s craftsmen and the artist.

  • Broncestøberiet’s Areas of Production:
  • Moulding in silicone and plaster.
  • Casting of sculptures and figures in bronce and other metals.
  • Casting of sculptures and figures in plaster.
  • Casting in cement.
  • Construction of sculptures in bronze plates.
  • Construction of architectonical elements.
  • Restoration projects: reparation, cleaning, patination.
  • Maintenance of existing sculptures.
  • Model production based on sketches/drawings.
  • Enlargement/reduction models of existing sculptures.
  • Bronce plaques with inscriptions.

 

If the model or artwork is too large or fragile to be transported to the foundry, the stucco craftsmen
manufacture the silicone mould at the artist’s studio. This mould is then brought to the foundry for the next phases of the process.

Broncestøberiet gives advice and guidance in technical solutions concerning, for example, reinforcement, attachment to plinths, foundations, protection against theft and so on.

Broncestøberiet frequently works with other parties in connection with a casting project. Through the years we have established a good network of smitheries, stone masons, gild works, engravers, sculpture consultants, engineers, architects, conservators and others, and we can help with establishing the necessary contacts.

Broncestøberiet has official environmental certification, and recycles a great quantity of materials in the work processes and additionally, endeavours to utilise the most environment-friendly materials at all times.
The foundry continuously carries out trials with new materials, in order to improve the quality, both of the work situation and of the finished sculptures.

Museums, and both domestic and foreign foundries, are also included among our project partners.

The foundry always gives non-obligation prices based on photographs, drawings or sketches with the specified measurements, before work is commenced.

The oldest discovered traces of the Cire-perdue method date back to 4000 BC, in Mesopotamia, which makes Cire-perdue the oldest known casting technique.

In a Danish historical perspective, Cire-perdue has been used as far back as the Bronze Age. “The Lures”, “The Sun Chariot”, “The Golden Horns”, weapons and ornaments have all been cast using Cire-perdue.

A fascinating idea indeed that, in spite of new materials and production technology, the basic casting principle is still as applicable and invaluable, some 6000 years after its earliest known origin.

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The bronzefoundry history

Broncestøberiet operates on the basis of 60 years of experience in the casting of figures and sculptures. We work at a foundation of 150 yaers of Danish sculpture-casting-tradition – delivered directly from one craftsman to the other – and at the same time we discover and develop new possibilities and techniques in the use of  the Lost-wax technique.

Bronze founder Leif Jensen (1936-2000), the founder of Broncestøberiet, began his 5-year education, as bronce founder, with the Royal Danish Bronze Founder Laurids Rasmussen on the 20th of January, 1952. In 1957, he received his apprenticeship diploma with distinction and Bronze Medal, and subsequently worked in various foundries in Denmark and Sweden until 1971.

While in apprenticeship with Laurids Rasmussen, Leif Jensen was involved in re-establishing the casting method, Cire-perdue (“lost wax”), in Denmark.

When the new Cire-perdue foundry, The Danish Sculptors’ Bronze Foundry, was started in Copenhagen in 1963, it was inevitable that Leif Jensen should work there. During the period, 1967-1970, he was the managing director of the foundry.

After many encouragement’s from sculptors, Leif Jensen and his wife Jytte, established BRONCESTØBERIET LEIF JENSEN on the 1st of February,1971. After just one month, stucco craftsman Aage Leif Nielsen(1944-2012) joined the foundry. Today the foundry is the lagest of its kind in Scandinavia, placed in Bagsværd, north of Copenhagen.

The foundry is a family business with commitment and atmosphere. Several of the employed craftsmen have been with the foundry for many years and are very experienced. The son, Peter Jensen, and the daughter, Pia Jensen, have spent many hours throughout their childhood at the foundry, and Leif Jensen himself taught and guided Peter’s apprenticeship as a bronze caster.

Due to the tasks we have been given, the foundry is and always has been in a continuous process of development. For example, from casting with a hand held 80 kilo crucible in 1971 to the present where we cast 800 kilos of bronze in one cast.
Recent years have seen development especially in the direct cast of sculptures originally made in inflammable materials – furniture, wood, plastic etc. and in modelling sculpturally in fluent aluminum as well as development in the choice of materials used in restoration work of metal sculptures.

In 1991, Leif Jensen received an honorary award from “Sculptor, Gottfred Eickhoff and wife, Gerda Eickhoff’s Foundation” due to his craftsmanship and knowledge within the area of casting sculptures.

In 2008 Peter Jensen received the “Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal” from the Council of the Royal Danish Art Academy with these words: “Due to his great craftsmanship and the foundry’s ability at the same time to work for the cultural heritage and to take part in inspiring cooperation and develop the new art of today, he is awarded the Thorvald Bindelsbøll Medal”

Alongside the day to day running of the foundry, Leif Jensen taught bronze casting to art students in the sculpture department of The Royal Danish Art Academy for 25 years, thereby creating a deep understanding in Danish sculptors for the many possibilities of the Cire-perdue casting technique. From 1986 Peter Jensen had this teaching post for a number of years.

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Reference

Broncestøberiet’s clientele stretches across the whole of the Nordic Region and a large part of Europe aswell as USA. We have contact with more than 1000 Danish and international artists and sculptors.

Broncestøberiet has completed commissions for sculptures and monuments in Denmark, Scandinavia, The Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Island, England, Germany, Australia, Japan, USA and Canada.

Broncestøberiet has carried out projects for, amongst others:

The National Art Foundation of Denmark (Statens Kunstfond).
National museums. Other museums and foundations.
The Dansih Agency for Palaces & Cultural Properties(Styrelsen for Slotte & Kulturejendomme).
The Danish Agency for Culture (Kulturarvsstyrelsen).
The Danish Ministry for Gender Equality and Ecclesiastical Affairs( Ministeriet for Ligestilling og Kirke).
Many of Denmark’s boroughs and counties.
Galleries. Buisness Enterprises.
Private persons.
Associations, societies, etc.

Galleri

gallery index Bronce sculpture The exhibited bronce sculpture in the exit-exhibition has been cast during Bronzecaster Peter Jensen's course at the school, 2015. 
Sculptor Fredrik Tydén Gate Gate to Vejen Art Museum, 2015. Sculptor Marianne Jørgensen. Photo: Marianne Jørgensen Monument Frode Jakobsen Nykøbing Mors. H. 4 B. 13 D. 8 meter 2011. Sculptor Hein Heinsen. Photo: Hein Heinsen Monument Frode Jakobsen Monument Frode Jakobsen, Nykøbing Mors
H. 400 B. 1300 D. 800 cm. 2011 
Sculptor Hein Heinsen
Photo: Hein Heinsen Bronze Chair H. 90 x 44 x 39 cm. 2014.
Designer Ditte Hammerstrøm.
Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
www.hammerstroem.dk Stol#Bronze Chair H. 90 x 44 x 39 cm. 2014.
Designer Ditte Hammerstrøm. Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgree
www.hammerstroem.dk Chair ”Third Draft” H. 88 B. 45 D. 45 cm. 2012. Designer Ditte Hammerstrøm.
Model in wood and strings – cast directly. Photo: Petra Bindel.

www.hammerstroem.dk Fugl og Hvalansigt Bird, direct cast of dead bird. Face of whale- H. 20 B. 28 L. 48 cm, 2014. Sculptor Emil W. Hertz. 
Photo: Emil W. Hertz.

http://susanneottesen.dk/artists/show/71 Western Lands Cast of natural material.
Sculptor Emil W. Hertz. Photo: Emil W. Hertz.

http://susanneottesen.dk/artists/show/71 Blodmeridian, Grenansigt og Ansigt Cast of natural material.
Sculptor Emil W. Hertz. Photo: Emil W. Hertz.

http://susanneottesen.dk/artists/show/71 ”Granitdansen” ”Granitdansen”
H.40 cm. 2012
Sculptor Jens Peter Kellermann
Photo: Jens Peter Kellermann

www.billedhugger-kellermann.dk ”Broncedraperinger-5” ”Broncedraperinger-5”
H.38 og H.39 cm. 2012
Sculptor Jens Peter Kellermann
Photo: Jens Peter Kellermann

www.billedhugger-kellermann.dk High Five Borups Plads in Silkeborg. H.750 B.442 D.195 cm. 2008. Sculptor Frode Steinicke.
Construction in bronze plates from a scale-model 1:20 og CAD-drawings. The sculpture is constructed in close co-operation with sculptor Frode Steinicke.  Photo: Frode Steinicke.

www.frodesteinicke.dk ”MØRKE/ LYS”, altarpiece, Videbæk Church H. 375 B. 475 D. 20 cm. 2010. Sculptor Erland Knudssøn Madsen
Broncestøberiet has carried out patination on the shaped brass  and copper plates for the altarpiece in Videbæk Church. Photo: Erland Knudssøn Madsen. Naturfænomener ”Vækstmåler” Ca. H. 20 cm. 2012-13. Sculptor Erland Knudssøn Madsen. 
Photo: Erland Knudssøn Madsen. Naturfænomener ”Strålebundt”  Naturfænomener ”Strålebundt”
Ca. H. 20 cm. 2012-13.
Sculptor Erland Knudssøn Madsen
Photo: Erland Knudssøn Madsen The Culture Ride H.120 x 70 x 40 cm. 2012. Sculptor Michael Kvium. Photo: Anders Sune Berg. Nattergalen H.230 B.287 D.168 cm. 2012. Sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard.
Elder-tree cast directly and gilded. Photo: Stine Heger.

www.bjoernnoergaard.dk Praktikpladsprisen H. 21 x 15,5 x 15,5 cm. 2010. Sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard. Photo: Stine Heger.

www.bjoernnoergaard.dk Kommer og går H. 32 x 200 cm. 2012. Sculptor Kathrine Schrøder Moseholm.
Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen.

Direct cast in aluminium. See sculptor Kathrine Schrøder Moseholm’s own recording from the casting

www.buste.dk Modlys H. 60 x 240 cm. 2012. Sculptor Kathrine Scrhøder Moseholm. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen.

Direct cast in aluminium. See sculptor Kathrine Schrøder
Moseholms own recording of the casting.
www.buste.dk Stående pige med kjole H.107 cm. 2011. Sculptor Kathrine Schrøder Moseholm. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen. Showcases shielding  the runic stones in Jelling H. 3,2 B.2 L.5,5 M. - H.2,4 B.1,2 L.2,6 M., 2011. Architect NOBEL arkitekter. 
Modelwork and cast of 56 sq.m. bronze-surface. Cast in formats up to 2,3 x 1,5 m. The roofs have been constucted in bronze plates. Photo: Broncestøberiet.

www.nobel.dk
www.jelling.dk Showcases shielding the runic stones in Jelling H. 3,2 B.2 L.5,5 M. - H.2,4 B.1,2 L.2,6 M., 2011. Architect NOBEL arkitekter. 
 Modelwork and cast of 56 sq.m. bronze-surface. Cast in formats up to 2,3 x 1,5 m. The roofs have been constucted in bronze plates. Photo: Nobel arkitekter.



www.nobel.dk
www.jelling.dk Kvinde - vasker hår H.52 x 42 x 55 cm. 2011. Sculptor Lisbeth Nielsen. Photo: Ole Haupt.

www.lisbeth-skulptur.dk Kamilla tager et skridt H.87 x 32 x 37 cm. 2011. Sculptur Lisbeth Nielsen. Photo: Ole Haupt.

www.lisbeth-skulptur.dk Maria Magdalene H.100 x 32 x 37 cm. 2011. Sculptor Lisbeth Nielsen. Photo: Ole Haupt.

www.lisbeth-skulptur.dk “The Girls at the Airport” Erected in Terminal 3, Copenhagen Airport, 2000. Sculptor Hanne Varming. Photo: Mike Lamb.

www.hannevarming.dk “The Girls at the Airport” Erected in Terminal 3, Copenhagen Airport, 2000. Sculptor Hanne Varming. Photo: Mike Lamb.

www.hannevarming.dk ”Stablet 1997-98” Søndersø, Fyn 2001. H. 215 B. 100 D. 75 cm. Sculptor Bent Sørensen. Photo: Mike Lamb. Gate to Galleri K Pilestræde, Copenhagen. H. 745 B. 360 cm. 2006. Drawn by PLH-arkitekter.

By pouring the bronze directly into open moulds the structure of the bronze-plates exsists. Photo: Broncestøberiet.

www.plh.dk Sculpture AArhus school of Architecture. H. 310 x 170 x 375 cm. Cast in aluminium and erected in 2000. Sculptor Hein Heinsen. Photo: Mike Lamb. ”Prometheus” H. 65 B. 100 L. 170 cm. 1996. Sculptor Bjørn Poulsen.
Photo: Bent Ryberg.

www.bjornpoulsen.dk Horse Saddle 2000. Sculptor Poul Isbak. Photo: Mike Lamb.

www.poulisbak.dk Helle, Stine, Marie 2000. Sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen. Photo: Bent Ryberg.

www.hanspauliolsen.dk Decorative monument, Axeltorv Axeltorv, Copenhagen, 1991. Sculptor Mogens Møller. Photo: Per Bak Jensen. Aarhus Mask 2002. Sculptor Jette Vohlert.

Model-work directly in wax-plates for cast in bronze.
Photo: Broncestøberiet. Henry Moore Sculpture by sculptor Henry Moore, situated at the head office of A.P. Møller in Copenhagen. Broncestøberiet carries out regular cleaning and re-patination of the sculptor, in order to maintain its original expression. Photo: Mike Lamb. GEFIONSPRINGVANDET Copenhagen, errected in 1908. H.450 cm. Sculptor Anders Bundgaard. Broncestøberiet has in 2003 made a chemically decalcification of all bronze-sculptures of Gefionspringvandet. Afterwards the monument has been re-patinated.
Photo: Rasmus Grandelag. Box – Jar Sculptor Jannik Seidelin. Photo: Jannik Seidelin

Jannik Seidelin ”GRANTRÆER” Decorative work, Ollerup. H.260 Dia.150 og H.230 dia.120 cm. 2005. Painter/ Sculptor Stig Brøgger.
Coniferous trees taken from the forest and cast directly. Erected on a 7 meters high concrete base in Ollerup. Photo: Stig Brøgger. BIO - sculptures Biocenter, Copenhagen University. H. 280 Dia.30 cm. og H. 280 Dia.50 cm. 2010. Sculptor Lone Høyer Hansen. Photo: Lone Høyer Hansen.

www.lonehoyerhansen.dk Sort Søjle Søndergaardsparken, Ballerup Municipality. H. 468 x 162 x 131 cm. 2012. Sculptor Sophia Kalkau. Photo: Sophia Kalkau.

www.kalkau.dk BIO - sculptures Biocenter, Copenhagen University. H.70 B.110 D.70 cm. 2008.
Sculptor Lone Høyer Hansen Photo: Lone Høyer Hansen.

www.lonehoyerhansen.dk Den store udveksler Skulptur 89 H. 92 B. 75 D. 65 cm. 1989. Sculptor Hein Heinsen. Photo: Hein Heinsen Pepe Gestapo Søndergaardsparken, Ballerup Municipality. H.245 B.133 D.70 cm. 2012. Sculptor Thomas Poulsen/FOS. Photo: Thomas Poulsen.

www.socialdesign.dk Et Stykke Papir Søndergaardsparken, Ballerup Municipality. H. 260 x 160 x 50 cm. 2012. Sculptor Tove Storch. Photo: Ole Storch Etageri Søndergaardsparken, Ballerup Municipality. H. 800 x 50 x 50 cm. 2012. Sculptor Martin Erik Andersen. Photo: Martin Erik Andersen Etageri Søndergaardsparken, Ballerup Municipality. H. 800 x 50 x 50 cm. 2012. Sculptor Martin Erik Andersen. Photo: Martin Erik Andersen Etageri