A sculptor and art instructor for more than 10 years, Rick True has used a variety of materials. He has created art from cast bronze, welded steel, and latex, and is best known for his large-scale wood sculptures. But True's ecological concerns about using lumber motivated him to explore the use of cementitious materials.
True captures the vitality of the human body by making a plaster mold from a live model, a technique called "life casting." He uses a cementitious mix that captures the fine details of the mold. It contains two parts cement, two parts sand, one part acrylic adhesive, part polymer bonding agent, and a small amount of water to make it fluid.