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

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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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I Didn’t Know This Was Here

I celebrate, and talk a lot, about finding the art that is all around us. People taking the time to make something nice, just because they want to be nice.  I am always excited when I find something I have not seen before, and I love sharing it with you.

In the nearby town of Kinston, NC , I found two gems I had not seen before.  I have been there many times, mostly to drive through on the way to somewhere else.  But we were in town, and I decided to take a turn onto “the other road”.

You know, that road one block over from the road everyone drives on.  The one just a little out of the way.  It’s a great way to see new things without going too far out of the way.

Well I found two gems!

I don’t know what these buildings were when they were built… but someone took the time to make them special.  When they didn’t have to.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

What a great building for a salon!

What a great building for a salon!

 

A beautiful door for, what looks like, a warehouse.

A beautiful doorway for, what looks like, a warehouse.

And remember,  keep sending me photos of the art you find in places where they didn’t have to make art.

I may use your photos for a collection someday.

Send your comments with the form below or email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Why Don’t We Do This Anymore?

I am always looking for art wherever it is in the world.  Most of the times I find it in unusual places.  And that is the fun of it!

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So, why don’t we make power poles with artistic flare anymore…our cities would be a lot more interesting if we had a bunch of these around….

This one comes from lower Manhattan… just down from Kats’s Delicatessen…

oh my gosh… that sandwich was a piece of art too!

keep those photos coming of art where you find it.  I love sharing your views with you.

steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Making Sea Glass

There are two ways to make sea glass:

1)  Be a pirate in the 1790s … drink a bottle of wine… throw the empty bottle overboard… let the sea roll it in the sand for 100 years until it is broken and all the edges are smooth and frosted.

OR

2) Figure out a way to make it in 2 days… without any real work on your part.

I voted for #2.

A friend of mine had been given a box of stained glass pieces from her late mother in law. She wanted to do something interesting with them as a memento. We kicked around ideas and came up with sea glass wind chimes.

She loved the idea…and I did not know how to make sea glass…

So I was off. I knew that the glass had to tumble in sand to make the edges soft and the surface frosted. That is done by years in the water being rubbed by sand.

Yes, I was off to create years of sand rubbing…without all the years.

two foot long tumbler

two foot long tumbler

I had already made a tumbler to clean my fiddlehead fern knives, and I thought that would be a good place to start.

I filled it with glass pieces, sand, steel shavings and small pieces of metal scraps.

Then turned it on…..

Never one to be patient, I checked it every couple of hours… and saw no progress!

(For all you tech followers, here is a diagram of the tumbler.)

In case you were wondering what was what...

In case you were wondering what was what…

I decided to leave it for the night and went home….

But I forgot about it for 2 days.

A lot of sand ran out the front. But it still rolled on ...

A lot of sand ran out the front. But it still rolled on …

I walked back into the studio… heard the tumbler running … and ran over there to see what had happened.

Success!!!

The pieces all looked smooth with rounded edges. It was a great feeling to know that I had done the work of a pirate and 100 years of Atlantic ocean storms,  all in two days.

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eBay provided me with diamond drills to make the holes in the glass and the wind chimes turned out great.

Sorry,  forgot to take a photo of them before I wrapped them up for delivery.   Just picture in your mind the best wind chimes you have ever seen…. yep, that’s what they looked like!  Trust me.

 

As always, I would love to hear your ideas for what else I can make with the seaglass and the tumbler.

Use the form below,

or email me at;

steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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