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Rome truly wasn't built in a day, growing from ancient pastoral settlements on the Tiber River to a center of Renaissance architecture. From the new-era artisans at Chisel & Mouse, this hand-cast, resin-plaster model centers on the richly historical area surrounding the river's central Z-shaped bend. Enclosed in a plexiglass frame, the sculptural tile can hang on a wall or be displayed on a desk or tabletop.
Brit brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley painstakingly reproduce select cities and stand-alone buildings in resin plaster (free of toxic solvents) of a reassuring weight and cool smoothness, with fine details including window frames etched in metal. In their Sussex studio, the “Chisel” refers to traditional plaster-cast methods and the “Mouse” to the computer-aided design (CAD) technology and 3-D printing used to achieve the sculptural models.
CHISEL + MOUSE
“We wouldn’t presume to think of ourselves as artists,” Robert Paisley says. “We call ourselves draftsmen; the architect is the artist.” A bit of an understatement for Robert and brother Gavin, who fled an office-software business for their creative venture Chisel & Mouse. With both traditional plaster-cast methods (the “Chisel”) and today’s 3-D printing and computer-aided design (“Mouse”), not to mention Google Earth and satellite data, they turn out painstakingly accurate architectural models. The smooth white plaster replicas of such landmarks as the Bauhaus Dessau and New York’s Guggenheim Museum are stylish and also quite personal, adds Robert. “I love the idea of immortalizing a place that’s special to people.”