Creating a solid stainless steel sculpture requires a labour intensive technique. Like carving a block of marble, fusing strips of stainless steel with a welder till the required shape is achieved is painstaking for each individual sculpture, resulting in an elegant finish and an artwork which will last until the next 5 millennium.


There is of course no comparison with bronze casting, where a model is made of soft clay or plaster, and is used perhaps hundreds of times to cast copies of the same piece.


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L'EPERVIER - A Dream Comes True


"... he escaped to wider horizons by buiding an ocean going yacht in landlocked Switzerland and sailing it solo through the French rivers to the Mediterranean; then the West Indies and the Marquesas, to Australia. But it all started in 1959 when his dad built l'ALBATROS I, a catamaran made using his old, extended motorbike sidecar attached between two floats. The rudder and seats were made from abachi, an African wood and the mast was purchased from a local dinghy sailboat manufacturer. The picture below was taken near Yvonand on Lake Neuch√Ętel. "


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L'ALBATROS - 1959 The Plans - 1973 L'EPERVIER


The Swiss Television produced a superb documentary in 1972, retracing Ulric's incredible challenges faced during his boats construction.


Click on the link below to access the Archives of the Swiss Television, then click on the video "Prendre le Large" to launch the video viewer.


Swiss Television Archives