“Art All Around US” A Woodstove

My “Art all around us” project is all about finding something beautiful that did not have to be made beautiful. It is a celebration of the desire to make things better because it makes our lives better. So, I go about my daily routine keeping my eyes open for the little things that are special, and then sharing them, so others can enjoy them too.

It has been a wild spring for me. A lot of new clients and special orders have kept me away from sharing any newfound “Art All Around Us”.

But I have collected a lot of great examples and will be sharing them here over the next several months. So stand by!

And now, to get it going… I found a stove. Yes, a simple wood stove that only needed to be square and straight. But no, they wanted to make it special and beautiful. And they did!

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So, I celebrate this unknown craftsman for the effort he put into making something simple into something beautiful.

I would love to see your examples of the “Art All Around Us”.

Send them to me via email at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

or by using the form below.

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Art All Around US

I photographed this as part of my “Art All Around Us” series.

Then someone said it was not art.

Well I guess I just have a different view on life.

This is something I saw when I went to visit art class of a good friend of mine. Bernie Rosage has tasked his students with an outdoor quilt project. They showed me one of the designs they were working on (more on that in another post) when I noticed this piece of design art.

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Yes, it is a folded cafeteria table.

But I think it is great design work.  Functional, colorful, serves a purpose, and is in the school colors as a bonus!

And, for me, that is art.

 

I hope you keep looking for the “Art that is All Around Us”.

Send me your thoughts and finds at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Living Cobblestone

In Woodstock NY they have a great piece of “Art All Around Us”.

A piece of the brickwork has a lizard in it!

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Again, no real reason to do it that way…just to make it look cooler!

And as always for that I thank them.

If you find something that catches you eye, send me a picture. I would love to see it.

Email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com, or use the form below.

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Drainage Art

As you know I am always on the look out for the “Art All Around Us”.

Well I found another.

And I totally love this one!!!

I found this drain cover in Pittsfield Mass. It features a carving of a fish in the center, and then they continued with the cobblestone surround… just to make it nice. It appeared to be old, but I just don’t know.

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Thanks to the guys and ladies of Pittsfield for their downtown revitalization and having such a beautiful piece of “Art All Around Us”

 

As always, I would like to see what you find around your world.

Email it to me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Eating With Art

Claire and I are always interested in having art all around us. Even in the everyday things we use.

We were gifted a beautiful bowl by my brother and sister in law and I thought I would include it in my “Art All around Us” collection.

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This one was make by Doug Navarra from New York State. It is highlighted with a carved rim. I would think you would agree, it is a piece of art.

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And for that I am thankful to Navarra… and my brother and sister in law.

If you see art for the sake of art, send it to me,  I would love to see it.

You can comment with the form below of by emailing me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Table Art

In my “Art All Around Us” hunt I found some in the most unusual place…a table.

Now I don’t mean on the table, I mean the table.

We were eating at the Rx Restaurant and Bar in Wilmington NC and saw a collection of tales which had been made by a craftsman.

The design was interesting. It could have been made of steel and glass…but NO!

They made it cool.

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And for that I am thankful.

So thanks to the folks at the Rx Restaurant and Bar, for the treat, both on the table, and the table itself.

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If you see some art that is there just because someone decided to make it nice, take a photo of it and send it to me.

The world will be a better place when we share the “Art All Around Us”

 

You can comment with the form below, or email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com.

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It is Just a Door!

Well, my quest for the “Art All Around Us” kept me close to home this time.

I was in Wilmington NC. and went by one of two old firehouses (that I know of) and got a quick photo.

This is not a firehouse anymore…I wish it were my house… but the guys who crafted this door (probably about 100 years ago) sure knew the art of their craft.

And if they were around I would love to thank them for making it great.

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I am out there every day looking for the art we just walk by without noticing. Feel free to join the search with me.

 

I’d love to see your finds.

And your comments.

Contact me using the form below

Or via email at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

 

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