I sometimes have occasion to participate in art shows that are not always equipped to display sculptures. I understand that keeping a supply sculpture stands of varying sizes can be a challenge to the storage space and budget of some local galleries and once-a-year charity art show sponsors. To mitigate the consequences of that particular potential shortfall, I have chosen to make a few sculpture stands that I can use if none are available at a show venue. The first one that I made was constructed entirely of wood, making it both heavy and a bit pricey. I now only use wood for the top and bottom of the pedestal. I make the body of the stand out of a heavy cardboard Quik-Tube building form (purchased from Home Depot for about $8 -$9 depending on size).
The Quik-Tube comes in a four foot length and I can cut it to the height that I need. It also comes in a variety of diameters - I have used both the 12 inch and the 10 inch, depending on the size of the sculpture that is to be displayed. The usual size I make for the top and bottom board is 13"x13", but I also have made larger sizes that can be interchanged if needed for a larger sculpture. Both the tops and bottoms have a thick circular piece of wood attached that fits inside the cardboard tube. This allows the stand to be put together easily and adds weight and stability. The base boards are attached to the tube with finish nails through the cardboard and into the circular piece of wood. I fill the nail holes with white wood filler. The top pieces are left unattached so that different sizes can be utilized on the same base. The next step is to paint the pedestal with white primer, making sure that the black lettering on the tube is completely covered. A final coat of white pint and it's ready to go. Have pedestal, will travel.
Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.