Gallery Bio Contact John Stockton   Karl Malone
Photo by Kent Horner John Stockton

 In 2003 the Utah Jazz commissioned Brian to create 1-½ life size sculptures of John Stockton and Karl Malone for their home arena, the Delta Center.

 The project includes several phases; first, half-lifesize versions of the final pieces are created, then the full 1-½ life size sculpture, and finally a miniature version. The half-lifesize sculpture of John Stockton is completed, and the 1-½ lifesize version is nearing completion.

 This page details the progress on the statues of John Stockton. To see the work for Karl Malone, please go to his page.


 Going into the project, extensive measurement took place. Brian is known for his meticulous nature.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Building Armature

 Here, the frame is built on which the clay will be shaped. The armature gives essential rigidity to the clay, while allowing for adjustments in position.
Photo by Kent Horner

 The form slowly develops.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Further along

 The rough clay is built and smoothed into human shape. Brian makes many of his own specialty tools.
Photo by Kent Horner
Clay Finished

 The finishing touches are added to John Stockton.
Photo by Kent Horner
Bigger than life

 Finishing touches are put on the 1 1/2 life size clay model.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Full size

 The studio is dominated by the 1-½ size clay model.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Mold for shoe

 Once the clay model is built, a series of molds are made from it. These molds are then filled with bronze. This red-hot mold of John Stockton's shoe is ready to be filled.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Wax face

 There are actually two molds made for each part. An initial, soft mold is made from the sculpture, then filled with wax. A final mold which can withstand the heat of molten bronze is built around the wax. Once the mold is built, the wax is melted to leave the hollow for the bronze.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Pouring bronze

 Bronze is poured into a mold.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Rough castings

 A few freshly cast pieces of John Stockton lay waiting to be welded together.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Welding torso

 The various pieces that have been cast must be welded together. Here John's torso comes together.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Coming together

 Slowly, the welded pieces come together to create a full statue.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Grinding welds

 The welding leaves rough edges, all of which must be carefully reshaped.
Photo by Scott Frederick
Applying patina

 After the bronze has been fully shaped, it still has a very raw appearance. A lengthy and detailed chemical treatment is required to create the attractive surface, called the patina.
Photo by Scott Frederick
John with finished piece

 John poses with his doppelganger.
Photo by Scott Frederick
On location

 A completed John Stockton makes an assist.
Photo by Brett Wright