There’s no need to clean up this droid. It appears R2 switched out his standard bucket of bolts for some fancy-schmancy formal wear. French sculptor and restorer Alain Bellino (previously featured here) assembled and painted antique bronze ornaments to create this beautiful Empire style R2-D2 sculpture.
Alain Bellino was born in Nice in 1955. In the 80’s, he discovered the world of metal and ornamentation in his father’s workshop where he learnt gold and silver plating and bronze restoration. After many years of practice and technical research dedicated to rehabilitating and re-composing objects, he engaged in an artistic way around 2010. The ornament that is torn from its original support then becomes the very structure of his sculptures. Bronze ornamentations assembled by extremely precise welding are the base material. Weighted with the nobility of the material joined to their own history, they support a fragmented memory and they bring to the sculptor a precious help as well as a constraint.
Alain Bellino gets special inspiration from the Renaissance period. Vanitas are one of his favourite themes, typical of classical sceneries. In his work of re-directing and re-assembling, which is both iconoclast and highly rigorous from a formal point of view, at the crossroads between past and future, Alain Bellino sublimates and rehabilitates the ornamentation.