sculpture "Dream Chasers - Best of Breed" is an animated study
of the movement of three proud dachshunds, one in each coat, smooth, wire-haired,
and long-haired. Mounted together as in a show ring, each animal is trotting
in different positions, and chasing the dream of being Best of Breed.
Robert Cole's sequential drawings of the dachshund trot were primary references
for my ambitious interpretation of the three-dimensional standard of dachshunds
in motion. The "Dream Chasers" Series was made with the Dachshund
Club of America in mind." - Joy Kroeger Beckner
"Dream Chaser" is mounted by hand to a handmade, two-ply bronze base:
- Two sheets of bronze plate, 1/8" and 0.54", are cut to size.
- The 0.54"
plate is drilled and, from the bottom, the 1/8" plate is welded
to the top. A 1/8" reveal graces the top edge.
- The fabricated
base is lightly polished.
- True to
the trot, each dachshund is balanced on two feet. Each foot is drilled
from the bottom.
- A bronze wire is soldered to the hole in the foot. The wire in the foot
is welded from the bottom to the base.
- Holes in the bottom of the base are welded full and ground smooth.
- Hand-cut felt is attached to the bottom.
in two cities shear, cut, and fabricate each base. Joy's metal chaser
attaches each dog. Joy applies the felt. While these sculptures may appear
strong, the strength is an illusion! The delicate mounting and base patina
are fragile. Protect from scratches, handle with love and care, and gently
lift by the base.