David Quasius- Concrete Sculptor
AKA Davinoff
​​Making and Sharing Concrete Sculptures
About Me
I live in Sheboygan Wisconsin and vacation in Grand Cayman. In Sheboygan I had a general construction business. Many, when hearing this, comment "That explains creating a Concrete Park." Actually, I studied and became a CPA, joined the family business, and spent most of my working life behind a desk. However, I come  from an arty family and was exposed to concrete sculpture making in Sheboygan participating in concrete sculptures for our personal enjoyment. To pass the time while in Grand Cayman, I started making small pieces for our garden and then eventually started making larger pieces establishing the Park in 2010.

It is fun working out the unique problems associated with the construction of each piece.

I was very happy figuring out the use of a cradle to carry the concrete weight of the land crab during the construction phase. I used the same technique in the making of the octopus. I make my own eyes using kiln flattened marbles, used for floral displays, by painting the back side and creating the type and color of eye I desire. Making the wings on the flying fish thin was another problem solved.
2016
Making and installing 400 suckers on the Octopus
2012
Solving the problem of supporting the body weight with the 8 legs.
 
2015
Figuring out how to make 25 thin Flying Concrete Fish  wings
 
2014
Making a structurally strong scorpion tail 5' high.

Cement Sculpture Tutorials
Made by Davinoff, hosted on YouTube

I really enjoy meeting all of the park visitors when I'm on the island.  One of the most common questions I receive is "How do I make these  large concrete sculptures?"


For those of you  interested in how to make your own concrete sculpture, I made and posted a couple of videos to show the whole process. In videos and pictures I have researched, I have found that the most important phase of successfully making  a sculpture, the making of the armature, is often skimmed over or missing. In my opinion, the armature is the most important part. Concrete/mortar have no real ability to form a shape without the use of a form or armature.  So an armature is the most essential part of a sculpture. I would estimate that 80% of the time I spend on a sculpture is in the making of the armature. Applying the scratch and finish coats of concrete/mortar is fairly easy and quick... when the armature is done properly.

Armatures can be made of a variety of materials using a variety of technics. Rebar, wood, foam, paper, chicken wire, cloth, metal lathing, gutter guard, can all be used depending on the piece, needs or what you have on hand. The armature is the most unforgiving element of any sculpture. If you get the proportions wrong there, it is very hard to correct with scratch and finish coats of mortar.

Here  are  two videos that  show the construction of  Spectre #007 the Octopus and Aceleus the Scorpion