Psst! Wanna know a secret?
You know that bronze bust of President Obama in city hall? The one that has generated all that controversy?
Well guess what? It isn't bronze.
Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive.is an alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive.
Bronze, an ancient alloy in use since the 4th millenium BCE, continues into modern times as one of the materials of choice for monumental statuary.
Our bust, referred to on the city website, in the press release announcing the bust's unveiling and in the title to the YouTube video recording of the unveiling ceremony as "bronze" is not. It is made of cast resin.
In an email dated February 24, 2012 to Anthony Roberts from Mitch Horstmann of the Saint Louis Sculpture Foundry, Mr. Horstmann plainly states his quote of $4,700 is for a bust "cast in resin and finished with a faux bronze patina."
Now, it is true that cast polyester resin sculptures are less expensive to produce. However to call it "bronze" is misleading.
How many more misstatements have Mr. Roberts and/or Mayor Tony Mack made about the process the "President Barrack Obama Bust Committee" used to order, pay for and install this piece of plastic?