Greek Faces is a sculpture Renate Burgyan Fackler created for The Ohio State University Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio.
It was commissioned by the Chi Omega Sorority, and is located on the second floor of the Ohio Union, near the entrance to the Pan-Hellenic offices.
The sculpture represents the camaraderie of the Greek system as a whole. This was achieved by engraving letters of the Greek system on the faces without regard to specific fraternities or sororities. The models were presidents of fraternities and sororities, and instead of creating a likeness of each person, I took a moullage mold of each person’s face, thus providing an exact rendering of the person. Moullage can be purchased from Douglas and Sturgess.
When warmed in a double boiler, the moullage becomes pliable, like silly putty, and when warm, can be applied to the skin. As it cools, it captures the likeness of the face. Once the moullage is set, plaster gauze is applied to make a rigid mother mold. The mother mold and moullage are removed, and wax is poured into the moullage mold to create a positive image of the face.
The wax face is then invested and cast in bronze, with the patina to follow. These 12 faces are installed on a sheet of bronze, suspended a few inches from the bronze background, creating shadows where some of the letters are cut out, instead of elevated.