Crankhead – it’s a head…and it’s dead
The skull is formed using a one-off latex mold, into which concrete is poured and left for 48hrs.
After de-molding, the skull is sealed with several layers of primer paint. A process of layering acrylic paint using sponges and rags is then applied to the skull to obtain the desired effect. Further paint detailing is then done to finish the skull.
The painted skull is then mounted onto a base; in this case a hardwood base has been used.
The process of welding parts around the skull is then done to create the metal exoskeleton.
For Crankhead, a Holden crankshaft has been used to create the body form below the skull. Various other engine parts form the mask including chainsaw carburettor and in water pump outlet pipe. Recycled coach-bolts pierce the skull. Other parts used in this piece include a bicycle wheel tightener, and bicycle brake wires.
A final spray of clear lacquer finishes off the piece.