Outer Space Art

I have been working on an “out of this world” project for the last couple of days.

It started when Dr Chris Barnes from White Oak High School, (here in Jacksonville), asked me to consider a new project.

He explained that there are only something like 35 astronauts in the whole US… and one of them is a grad. from White Oak High School.

I was amazed.

Christina Koch contacted the school and told them about her plans for the year 2019. Those plans included two tours on the International Space Station. And she asked Dr. Barnes if the school would like to send a piece of WOHS memorabilia into outer space.

…he said yes…

He then asked me if I would design something and submit it to NASA.

…and I said yes…

We decided one side would show the Viking head (for WOHS). And the other side show the space station.

I then took my computer drawing to the great folks at “I Need It Now Trophies” in Jacksonville. I got them hooked on the outer space idea, and watched Hatch go to work making the engravings.

We made 2 different sizes, so they would have a choice. (NASA still must approve them)

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The brass disks were polished and clear coated for protection.

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It was fun to work on and I think they came out great.

 

So, watch the night sky next summer and see if you can catch a glimpse of the little brass coin flying around the world.

 

Your comments are always welcome. You can email me at Steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com, or use the form below.

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The Working Bike… A Nod to Summer

With the arrival of the pollen season, I mean spring, everyone getting out and exercising. I wanted to share photos of unique bikes I have collected.

I have shown you bikes before. (look here and here to see a few)   But the bikes I am interested in are ones that are not just for riding… they are for working!

Working bikes are seen everywhere in other countries. Everyone rides them.

Everyone except people here in the US.

It probably has something to do with the design of the cities in other countries. They are more centrally designed and easier to navigate. Think about a small town square and compare it to the freeway moving through Los Angles….see my point?

Well anyway, here are some that were just works of art!

Wooden detail for those who love old school racing boat looks…

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This is the pick up truck version… used to haul kids.

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And the ultimate working bike, (from Germany of course) …it even has an electric motor for additional assistance…

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I love to bike and wish they were more usable in the US for hauling things and carrying babies…

But until they are, I’ll just appreciate the ones I find in other places.

If you see any interesting ones riding around, I’d love to see them.

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Original Schlenkerla Rauchbier Bamberg’s famous smoke/ beacon beer!!

While in Germany this past summer, we saw many new and interesting things.

Like Bamberg.

Bamberg is a city we “found” on our last trip. Now be aware, Bamberg is place that a lot of people have found in the past …and on that day, we found it. So don’t think it was a big secret… it was just new to us.

But Bamberg is a beautiful old city, with two cathedrals lots of buildings several centuries old, and a whitewater river running through it.

All that was a huge attraction for us, but what really got our attention was when our host told us about the famous

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Bamberg’s, world famous…… smoke beer.

 

 

And to add interest to the idea, it was also infused, somehow, with a bacon flavor!

We found a redneck’s dream in Germany!!!   Smoke and bacon in a beer!!

I had to try it. We went to an Italian restaurant (we had been eating German food for 2 weeks by then and were looking for something different) and found it on the menu.  But I learned, every restaurant has it on their menu because it is the famous local beer. (For that matter, every city seemed to have its own specialty beer… and wine.)

But back to the smoke beer.

To make it even better, did I say, it is supposed to even have a beacon infused flavor!

Well I tried it… not that big of a deal….

But it was interesting to try something new…and isn’t that what traveling is all about.

I’d love to hear your comments about this or other situations where you tried new things.

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“Art All Around Us” The Wooden Bike

Here is something I have never seen before…and I have seen a lot of things.

A wooden bike. It was in a shop in the Black Forest area of Germany.

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It is ridable and beautiful all at the same time.

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So, I thought it deserved a spot in the “Art All Around Us” archives.

It is a little more expensive than the $90 bike you may find in your local big box store, but it sure looks great

And for that I say thank you to the creator of the wooden bike. You didn’t have to create something so beautiful… but you did.

I would love to hear your comments or see examples of the All Around You.

You can contact me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Remember, there is art all around us, we just need to look up and appreciate it.

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“Art All Around Us” The Pretzel King

While traveling in Germany I noticed there were a number of ways to advertise a business. Today we would just put up a sign that says, “Pretzels for Sale” or something like that.

Well, a long time ago, in Germany, they didn’t seem to do that.

As proof, I found this “sign” on a wall.

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They could have made a boring, written sign…but No!  They made it interesting and beautiful.  And for that, I celebrate them.

I thought, this guy was a real artist. And artist in stone carving… and apparently in pretzel making. He may have even been a pretzel king.

So I appreciated his work in stone carving…

just wished I could have tried his pretzels!

 

If you find some old guys interesting sign…I would love to see it too!

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Or email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

And remember, Art is truly all around us,  we just need to look up from our cell phones and see it!

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Mending a Broken Heart

 

The Bee Gees had a song, long ago, about mending a broken heart. They never really had an answer on how to do it…but it was a start.

Which leads me to the piece I have been working on for the last couple of weeks.

I was asked to create a piece of art for our local arts council’s Cre8 Gala. (http://jaxarts.com/annual-art-gala)

It is a fund-raising party supporting and celebrating all the wonderful opportunities our Arts Council makes available for the children (and adults) of Onslow county.

Artist were asked to create a piece of art on an 8” x 8” canvas (provided by the council) and donate it to the Cre8 Gala.

Well, as you know, I am an outside the box thinker and a metal artist… so mine is a little different from some of the others.

I have been experimenting with moving pieces lately and wanted to create something with movement for my 8×8.

After a little thought, why not come up with a cure for a broken heart. (Remember the Bee Gees reference from the first paragraph?)

That is right… I know how to fix a broken heart. And you can own this remedy for a small donation at the Cre8 Gala.

I want to make a short movie of the piece in action… but that will come later.

So for now, here it is.

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I call it “How to Mend A Broken Heart”

but you can call it yours, if you are at the Gala on September 14.

Tickets and more info are available at http://jaxarts.com/annual-art-gala

If you have any questions, would like to know more about the Gala, or just want to comment on the blog;

Feel free to contact me with the form below,

or at email steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com.

“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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