Hand Casting Pro – Robert Wogan

Your NYC hand casting pro - Robert Wogan I enjoy interacting with people and seeing adults experience something new. Making hand imprints in cement gets most adults smiling and having fun because it’s a “throw-back” to childhood.

As a kid who grew up on the lower west-side of Manhattan, in Chelsea, I remember the temptation of spotting a freshly poured sidewalk. Who didn’t feel compelled to write their name in that at some point?

There is something in all of us that wants to leave a mark. I think it’s primal and it’s no different than writing on a cave wall. When you get people sticking their hands in concrete and writing in this seemingly permanent substance, smiles happen across the board. It’s a no-lose proposition; people just have fun with it.

How I Started Casting Hands in Concrete

I’m a problem solver by nature. Figuring things out is what gets me excited and that’s exactly how this started. Several years ago I was asked by the the French Culinary Institute (FCI) of NYC, if I could figure out how to cast multiple hand impressions for 50 of the top chefs in the world. It was a benefit for the FCI and I readily accepted the challenge.

Fast forward almost 5 years and I just did a cement hand casting for Regis Philbin, at his retirement party.

My Background

Briefly put, I’m an artist at heart with 20 years of experience in construction and theming. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, with a concentration in sculpture, from Columbia University.

I worked as a lead set designer under the direction of Matthew Barney in the 90’s. Also, having worked for the now defunct Hudson Valley based theming company, MJM Studio, I have considerable experience in theming construction and project management.

How Far Will I Travel For a Hand Casting?

I live in the Hudson Valley, about 90 miles north of NYC. The city is my home-town and I love working there. That being said, I will go anywhere in the world for the right compensation. If you’ve got an interesting idea involving concrete foot or hand casting, I would love to help you make it happen.

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