Street Music is Art and Creativity

I am not sure that some folks would call this art… but what the heck.

I was listening to street musicians in Asheville and noticed ha was playing a maraca type instrument with his foot.

Yes, with his foot!

My percussion friends may say that this is a regular instrument you can buy anywhere… but I had not seen it before.

So I am adding it to the “Find Art Where It Is” project list.

I think it is cool, I think he took time to make something interesting.

And, for me, that makes it art.

drummerAnd here is a close up.

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Get out and look, art is everywhere. We just have to find it.

 

If you see some, I would love to have you share it with me.

Contact me a steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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The Coast of Maine

I thought I would flashback to a piece I make several years ago.

It is a wall piece celebrating the coast of Maine.

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It started with the clock in the center with a superimposed compass heading pointing to the north east.

The clock is sitting on rocks in remembrance of the rocky coast and morph and progress into the breakers of the sea.

The other side of the clock has maple leaves being blown to the wind which then transitioning into seagulls flying off to the North West.

It was a lot of fun to create and it brought memories of home to the recipients.

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This Should Keep the Bad Guys Away… Art All Around Us

Here is my latest entry in my quest to celebrate art.

I found another piece of art hiding in the “regular” world.  This carving is on a door of a house I walked by a little while ago.  It seems that more time was taken to make thing nice in previous generations.

Check it out.  they carved Oak!  and that is hard stuff!

And that makes it art.

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Just keep your eyes open, art is everywhere. We just have to find it.

 

If you see some, I would love to have you share it with me.

Contact me a steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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All They Needed Was a Pole….Art All Around You

I found another piece of art hiding in the “regular” world.

And I am adding it to the “Find Art Where It Is” project list.

It is just a column in front of a store, but no, they took the time to make it nice!

And that makes it art.

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Just look, art is everywhere. We just have to find it.

 

If you see some, I would love to have you share it with me.

Contact me a steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Or use the form below.

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Art All Around You

Here is a quick one for you.

These guys could have just made a regular handrail…but NO!

I am a metal worker,  so I appreciate what they did for the front of this business.

And as I have said before..I am adding it to the “Find Art Where It Is” project list.

And that makes it art.

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Get look, art is everywhere. We just have to find it.

If you see some, I would love to have you share it with me.

Contact me a steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Or use the form below.

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Modern Day Gargoyle …. Art All Around You

OK I found another piece for the “Find Art Where It Is” project.

We  were eating dinner on the deck at a winery on a sunny spring day.  I looked up and saw the downspout.  It had been decorated to look like a flying dragon.  They could have just made it hold water and be boring…but No!  Why not make it fun?

And that makes it art.

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Get out there and find it, art is everywhere.

We just have to find it.

If you find a great piece… or just a fun one, I would love to have you share it with me.

Contact me a steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Or use the form below.

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Thank You North Carolina

A good friend of mine as spent a lifetime working for the people of North Carolina. He was wanting to leave something for those who carry on after you leave is a nice way to say thanks for the opportunity. He came to me after seeing some of the things I had done, and said make me something beautiful and unique.

Then he said something that is wonderful and scary at the same time; “just do what you want”.

Now that could be a great thing… or it could come with a heavy burden. Like, what if they don’t like it?

So I took off and created a version of the State of North Carolina what showed the features and wonderfulness of the old north state.

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It started with a computer drawing of the state. I added layers to enhance the differences between the coastal plains, the piedmont, and the mountains.

But the interesting part was to create pieces to highlight the different areas of the state.

Cotton farms, tobacco farms, the outer banks, Raleigh, apple farms. All the things that make NC great.

To top it off, I made it about 5 feet long. It’s for the wall and will need a whole wall to live on!

And the finished piece.

And the finished piece.

All the parts for the city of Raleigh

All the parts for the city of Raleigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The painting went well and I was thinking he would love the design.

The mountains were fun to build.

The mountains were fun to build.

And in fitting with the business he was in…

we met on the side of a road to make the transfer.

That is always the best part of any piece I create. Seeing the reaction when I show the piece to the client. He brought his wife, and their reaction was why I am here.

 

It now lives in an office in Raleigh. And he is thrilled to know that he left a memento his time with the state in the office he operated.

Good times for all.

Thanks for looking and I would love to hear your comments or questions.

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