St. Pope John Paul II
Bust of St. Pope John Paul II
This life sized bust of St. Pope John Paul II will be bronzed and placed at St. Pope John Paul II Manor, a personal care home for the elderly and disabled in Cresson, Pennsylvania.
The home, which was established in 2005 is operated by the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, has 50 residents.
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The William Wassil Family
John Barlick Jr.
Regina and Robert Bradley
The Knights of Columbus Lilly Council #11084
F. James Smith
Jack and Genevieve Calandra
St. Aloysius Church
James and Margaret Talko
David and Suzanne Smith, in memory of John L. Mack
William and Ann Radebach
Rodney L. Reeves
J. William and Marianne Wheldon
Denny and Dollie Gisler
Rose Ann & Craig Weaver
Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish
Ralph J. Albarano, Jr.
Samuel & Carmen Grasso
John and Mary Leap
The Mt. Aloysius Nursing Student Organization
Robert and Margaret Kunrod
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Msgr. Bernard Przybocki
Russell W. Keener
Knights of Columbus Gallitzin Council #3899
Mary Ann Zakrzwski
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish
Aunt Ruth Glass, with love from Casey, Sylvia, Mary and Pat
Knights of Columbus #1338 St. John's Council
Knights of Columbus #8222 St. Francis University
Cresson American Legion Post #238
Knights of Columbus Council #867
Knights of Columbus Council # 519
St. John Paul II Sculpture Project Donor List
The bust of the beloved Pontiff depicts the blessed St. Pope John Paul II in his traditional white skull cap and elbow length cape.
Here the wax original has been dipped in a slurry of ceramic liquid until a shell approximately one inch thick covers the form completely. The opening at the bottom of the piece is where the molten bronze will be poured. Air vent tubes have been added to allow heat to escape. The hot bronze will melt the wax original which will flow out the opposite end leaving the bronze casting inside the shell. When cooled the ceramic will be broken away leaving the metal original.
The unfinished bronze is bright gold in color when first removed from the ceramic molds. Next, a rich brown traditional patina will be applied to the sculpture followed by a UV finish and then polish to protect it from the elements.
The wood framed mold holds the 48" concrete base column for the St. Pope John Paul II sculpture. The completed base will weigh approximately 500 lbs.
The high density reinforced concrete base will be allowed to cure naturally for 21 days before it is cleaned and finished. After that a concrete sealer will be applied. The recessed area in the column face will hold the donor plaque.
Completed bronze bust including patina. Scheduled for installation on September 22nd at John Paul Manor.