When walking down the toy aisle in the local retail store, have you ever wondered what a really big character toy would look like? This is where foam character models come into play. Need a towering transformer character, a giant T-rex skull, or a giant Halo 5 video game character? Foam is a great material for sculptors to use in building life-size or super life-size characters for tradeshow displays, tourneys, or that awesome looking hobby room.
Sculptors typically begin the laborious sculpting process with a large block of foam, an electric chain saw, and a maquette (a french word for scale model). The maquette is used to guide the sculptor in making a large-scale replica of the small model. As you can imagine, this process can get very messy very quickly. These finished foam characters can have many different types of finishes from natural organic looking to matte to automotive looking shines.
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Foam Sculpting is one of the most popular mediums for sculpting – an art form that produces fast and awesome looking sculptures. Whether for trade shows, museums, theme parks and attractions, retail stores, office complex's, lobby displays, faux landscape, or special events; foam sculptures can provide a realistic awe-inspiring physical model of the original design.
These foam sculptures can be themed models, statues, animals, creatures, murals, props, architectural, dioramas, letters/numbers, special foam shapes, or unique displays. They can bring-to-life a creature and it's surroundings, relive your favorite movie scene, attract visitors at a tradeshow, or create that magical environment you have always wanted to participate in. You are only limited by imagination. These sculptures can also be used for tradeshow displays.
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Foam Props and Movie Sets
Foam is a great material for creating props, armor, weapons, creatures, and anything that needs to be fabricated quickly and inexpensively. It is very common to see foam being used to create entire movie sets, theater background sets, haunted displays, amusement park backgrounds and structures, and church theming rooms to name a few.
Foam allows for realistic scenery creation or construction of buildings with elaborate background sets. Foam provides the benefits of being lightweight, economical and efficient in terms of fabrication times. Custom shapes can be created to support any type of imagination. Curious of what movies have used foam in their movie sets? A small list of movies and television shows that have used foam for scenery are: Alien and Aliens, Star Trek – The Next Generation, Battle Star Gallactica, CSI:Miami, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, Batman, Night at the Museum, Eight Below, Jaws, Star Wars, Final Destination 3, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, Saving Private Ryan, Smallville, Harry Potter, X-Men, and many others. Broadway shows that have used foam in the scenery are: Lion King, Mary Poppins, The little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera, Blue Man Group, Les Miserables, and Beauty and the Beast.
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Foam Letters and Foam Numbers
Large letters, sometimes combined with large numbers, are ideal for making a very bold emphasis on a brand, product, or message. When these letters and numbers are combined to make a words or messages, they can be used in many types of oversized displays. At trade shows, these huge words serve as a magnet to attract large crowds and to stand-out amongst myriads of other trade show booths. Retail stores can use them for visual marketing and product branding. Special events can use large letters, numbers, and words clearly identify the main message points.
The craze today is the ever-popular selfie – various uses of large foam letters can immerse you right into the letters and increase your social media effectiveness. Imagine standing in the middle of a 10' tall word, replacing the "I" letter with your body – great for a selfie. Inserting a specially constructed chair hidden inside a large letter "O" or "G" can make for a great photo-shooting scene.
Foam can be used for all types of architectural shapes and settings. Foam architectural structures can be built to emulate entire buildings and even older style cities. Sometimes foam can be used in building architectural scale massing models.
Foam is also commonly used to build all types of architectural elements in new construction from columns, trim, crown molding, arches, caps, brackets, special molding, ceiling accents, railings, shutters, louvres, corbels, medallions, panels, and much more. This special architectural fabrication can be used for outdoor pools, fireplaces, all exterior features of new construction, and even special theming in rooms or the backyard.
A little bit of imagination can bring elegance and beauty to any architectural construction project. EPS foam along with Polyurethane and sometimes cement, can create awesome looking architectural structures.