If you look closely at the Eros statuettes in Act 2 of Thais you will notice that there are actually two different Eros statuettes. One beautiful shiny Eros sits on a pedestal in the gold room in Scene 1 and the other tarnished and worn-looking Eros (a breakaway prop) gets thrown to the ground in Scene 2.
The breakaway Eros arrived with the set. The gold room Eros is an interpretative sculpture inspired by Hypnos the god of sleep and created by our Resident Lead Scenic Artist Tony Reveles. The statuettes have different appearances to signify the passage of time and the distinctly different emotions and actions of the two scenes.
Using the original Eros statuette as a guide, Tony begins by researching images and then sculpting the head from modeling clay to get a feel for the figure’s dimensions.
Detail of the finished clay model
In the next step Tony takes the dimensions from the clay sculpture and free-form draws the figure onto the foam block.
He carves away at the block carefully using precise dimensions from his primary sculpt.
Tony uses precision tools to further detail his final interpretation of the sculpture. Note the original breakaway Eros head on the right.
A coating of acrylic medium is added to seal the porous material prior to the application of the final surface treatment.
The figure receives a scenic treatment of aged patina and gold leaf. This is the finished Eros sculpture in the gold room Act 2 Scene1.