Amy Goldman is preserving the agricultural heritage and genetic diversity of heirloom fruits and vegetables.

Gallery of timeless beauty

Through her artwork, Amy Goldman has captured the unique appearance of heirloom fruits and vegetables.  Rare Forms is a lasting testament to the timeless beauty of these endangered varieties.

Inspired by nature and the harvest of heirloom treasures from her legendary garden, Amy Goldman has created a line of stunning bronze sculptures. Each piece captures the singular and timeless beauty of an ancient gourd, squash, or melon. Goldman has bestowed on this line of limited-edition bronzes the apt name of Rare Forms.

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On Display

If you would like to experience these unique bronze sculptures in person, they are available and on display at the following venues:

Rural Residence in Hudson:
315 Warren Street,
Hudson, NY 12534-2413
Phone: 518-822-1061

NYBG’s Shop in the Garden:
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Customer Service: 718-817-8869

Gump’s San Francisco:
135 Post Street, San Francisco,
CA 94108
Phone: 1-800-766-7628

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The Artist

Rare Forms is a limited-edition line of bronze sculptures by Amy Goldman. It is a natural outgrowth of years of dedication to protecting the agricultural heritage and genetic diversity of the world’s fruits and vegetables. These sculptures preserve in art what Amy Goldman has been safeguarding in nature. Read more →

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Publications

Amy is pleased to announce that her highly acclaimed book, The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table (published 2008), will be heading into it’s second printing in May. She previously authored Melons for the Passionate Grower and The Compleat Squash. Having grown hundreds of varieties over the past 35 years, Amy presents, in her latest book, the history and allure of the tomato with the expertise of a true insider. Here, you’ll find advice for novice and avid gardeners and recipes to whet every appetite. Once again, Amy teamed up with photographer Victor Schrager to capture the beauty of her homegrown vegetables with his sumptuous still  lifes. To buy The Heirloom Tomato, visit your local independent bookstore or visit Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble
Praise:

“The aesthetic and sensual pleasures of these luscious fruits, beautifully described in this volume, to my mind, makes the The Heirloom Tomato a future candidate for heirloom status itself.” Katy Keifer, Food Arts Magazine.

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Photography

It’s easy to marvel at Victor Schrager’s stunning portraits of Amy’s favorite heirloom varieties: each classic still life captures these vibrant orbs in their summer lusciousness, a modern cornucopia that’s varied in size, shape, and color.

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Lost Wax Process

Amy Goldman’s Rare Forms are created through the ancient “lost wax” process. The casting can take months from start to finish.

A perfect vegetable, fruit, or gourd arrives from garden to foundry. What nature has provided will be turned into art.

The Mold
A rubber mold with a plaster “mother mold” is made of the vegetable. The plaster forms a shell over the rubber, giving shape and structure to the mold.


The Wax Casting

The rubber and plaster mold is made in two parts so that the original specimen can be removed. Hot wax is painted onto the rubber.

The Wax Model
The hot wax cools and hardens, forming a positive replica of the specimen. Each intricate feature is captured in this wax model.

Ceramic Shell
A system of sprues is attached to the original wax model. The sprues are the avenues for the bronze to flow when it is poured into the casting. A ceramic shell is formed over the wax replica. The hard heat-resistant shell, with the wax inside, is placed in an oven. The wax melts away and is “lost”. Everything that was wax is now empty space.

Casting
Molten metal is poured into the ceramic shell. Everything that was wax is now bronze.

Patina
A beautiful patina finish is created on the bronze surfaces. Substances like copper nitrate are painted on and heated with the flame of a torch to add color and shading to the sculpture.

Signature
After the patina appears, only one more step is needed to make the sculpture complete: a unique number is stamped to mark the limited edition and the artist engraves her signature on each completed work of art.

The bronze sculpture leaves the foundry to join the gallery of Rare Forms.

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In the Home

The Rare Forms line of bronze sculptures brings nature’s beauty into your home.

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