Rosanna Gardner
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Coins

As recent political events have shown, the world can change like the flip of a coin.  Taking this simile as a starting point,  Rosanna Gardner has made three coins using both text and imagery and in which there is a relationship between the obverse and reverse.   For all three coins, Rosanna is grateful for the technical support of Fred Phipps.

4 Roundels

4 Roundels

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

Bronze Roundel  5 inch diameter

The oak is a symbol of Britain’s traditional identity, thrown into question by Brexit.  The phrase ‘heart of oak’ and the old saying,  “Great oaks from little acorns grow”  offers hope and stability. 

 

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

The process involved pouring wax into a hollow plastic mould to create a model of the original design.  This was sent to the Castle Fine Arts bronze foundry where a new mould was made; the wax was then melted away and molten metal poured in to produce the finished bronze. 

This is known as the lost wax process. 

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

Concrete roundel. 

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

Concrete roundel. 

'Trumped'

'Trumped'

Plaster cast with gilding 3 ¾ inch diameter.

Design for a chocolate coin inspired by the portrayal of Roman emperors on ancient coins. Whereas these were intended to symbolise stability, the use of chocolate represents a regime of questionable endurance.

'Mugged'

'Mugged'

Plaster cast with gilding 3 ¾ inch diameter

Design for a chocolate coin. 

The obverse of the 'Trumped' coin bears the inscription 'Mugged' and shows Nigel Farage in a favourite pose with a mug of beer on his head.    

 

'Man in/on the moon'

'Man in/on the moon'

Plaster cast 3 ¾ inch diameter

Space exploration in the 1960s represented the summit of human endeavour,  but also had a politcal dimension as the USA and the USSR competed for technological supremacy.  

'Man on/in the Moon’

'Man on/in the Moon’

Plaster cast 3 ¾ inch diameter

The obverse is a playful representation of the traditional Man in the Moon,  a construct of human imagination.  Although it could be argued that technology has overtaken mythology,   great scientific projects are also a product of the imagination. 

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

Concrete roundel in a flower pot.   With time the concrete weathers and takes on a natural aspect.