Sometime ago, I commissioned a sculptor to sculpt something that I can then give as my gift to the world. He is a world reknowned sculptor and because of all the recommendations from friends and family, I was sold on his competency to do, not just a job, but a fantastic job.
After some time, much sooner than I thought he would be for what was commissioned, he showed me his master piece. I liked it. I thought it was nice, had all the impactful stuff. But my friends who have bought sculptures before looked at it and said that it was not all that good. There were some blemishes, some areas of the sculpture was not quite proportional etc etc. Heck, in my eyes, it looked good, but my friends convinced me otherwise.
So, I had a chat with the sculptor. I told him that there are some things that need relooking and that he should work on them. To his credit, he did work on it and boy did he work ON IT.
Here’s where I need help: he has now come back to me with three things. He is showing me the sculpture that was first completed, and next to that, are two huge boxes that contain a whole lot of parts and pieces which he has worked on which will be added/affixed to the main sculpture.
What he is asking me to do is to accept the original sculpture, the stuff in the two huge boxes and cut him the payment. I think I should not pay him yet until he puts these pieces all together and shows them to me. I need to see the final sculpture before paying. Am I being fair?
He keeps telling me that I should just pay up fully now and he promises to work on it and anything else that might come up. Why is he doing this? What is his motive? Some of my friends say that he is actually a nice and wonderful sculptor who has a string of highly acclaimed sculptures that continue to grace some wonderful museums and buildings around the world. A part of me wants to just go ahead and pay him so that he can work on the final stuff and then I can gift it to the world. But another part of me says, hang on, show me the final piece, and then I will pay fully. Heck, I might even give a tip.
What would you do?