President: Jeff Skelley
Vice President: Marty Skelley
Design Group (SDG) is a new concept company involved in the planning, design, engineering
and manufacture of life-size and monumental bronze sculptures, statues,
monuments, and those fountains which incorporate bronze sculpture
in their design. Clients include architects, contractors, developers,
landscape architects, and park and golf course design consultants.
is a saying among artists and art connoisseurs, "Bronze is
King." A bronze simply makes everything else around it look
better. There are several reasons for this:
Beauty - The beauty that can be captured in bronze sculpture through
the exquisite detail that it is capable of realizing evokes an unparalleled
beauty that other mediums can't accomplish.
Strength and Longevity and Durability - Today we are bringing up
3000 year old bronze sculptures and bronze cannon from the seabed
and other archeological sites. These pieces have survived elements
of fire and flood, earthquake and salt seas. In every sense, a bronze
sculpture is forever.
Symbol of Quality and Excellence - From Iwo Jima, to Paris, to the
Statue of Liberty, to Washington's many historical monumental statues,
and through trophies and awards, a bronze tribute is the ultimate
symbol of excellence and achievement.
Value - A bronze gives distinction to its surroundings thereby enhancing
the value of your properties. Because of the above characteristics,
a bronze will never lose its value and its value to you as your
symbol, your signature, and as your property, club or corporate
team will study desirable traffic patterns and suitable areas in
which to display your sculpture for maximum visibility and function.
Once a concept is decided on, sketches of various designs are the
first stage in the creation process. At this point, several different
artists may contribute their expertise and designs. We then create
a maquette or small version of the piece for your approval. Once
the rough maquette design is finalized, a more detailed second maquette
is sculpted. This second maquette will be enlarged to make the final
life-size or monumental sculpture. This second maquette can be cast
and offered as a separate edition of the large sculpture and can
be used to generate income of its own. In many cases, profits from
the sale of the maquette more than pay for the life-size or monumental
created from it.
a sculptor himself, Jeff Skelley is familiar with the work of bronze
foundries and the artists that utilize their services from Arizona,
Nevada and the Southwest to Texas and Mexico. He has an intimate
knowledge of the stone quarry and stone fabrication business which
is necessary to create fountains and pedestals which complement
large bronzes. You can save valuable time and money by utilizing
Jeff's intimate knowledge of these design industries. His former
careers as Industrial Designer, Creative Director, and Construction
Manager meld perfectly into the difficult position of not only designing,
but bringing to completion the complex job of creating and installing
a life-size or monumental bronze sculpture that will enhance your
corporate image. He has knowledge of every aspect of this task.
What can seem like a monumental project becomes simply an enduring
Skelley relies upon her experience in the fields of finance and
marketing in the business management of Sculpture Design Group and
Jeff Skelley Studio. Marty holds an MBA in Business Management.
She has held such positions as Financial Analyst, manager of Acquisitions
and International Business Development, and Product Director in
such corporations as Warner Lambert, Ziff Davis Publishing Company
and Johnson & Johnson, as well as being President of a small
manufacturing and import business.
a large bronze is a team effort. The finished piece may take four
months to a year or more so it is wise to start the process as soon as possible.
Jeff and Marty Skelley will work with an enlargement team, the fabricators
of the armature, and the artisans who put the first layers of clay
on the armature to build it up to accept the detail that the artist
will add later. The molding, chasing and patina will also be done by
gifted professionals under the supervision of the artist. The stone
quarry team will advise you on the best pedestal or base for your
personally designed bronze sculpture. By utilizing the talents of
our group which is already in place, we can save you time and money
in your acquisition of a fine, timeless piece of art.