The Iron Workers Union
Part II is a celebration of metal sculpture; in particular the
hand-built one-of-a-a-kind pieces that metal workers create. While every
artist has explored his or her own distinctive themes and subjects, the
artists are connected by the materials and techniques used.
The historical roots of
today’s artistic metalworkers span cultures, civilizations, and the
millennia. Three thousand years after iron ore was first plucked from
the ground with curiosity to the time when the clank and clatter of the
blacksmith’s anvil ushered in the Iron Age then to the Industrial
Revolution that changed nearly everything, metalworkers have had a
profound effect on civilizations.
ranging from hammering, soldering, brazing,
forging and welding
that transform metal into objects that fire
our imaginations, awe us with their beauty or encourage us to question
Chad Arney, Matt Church,
Hilary Clark Cole, Brendan Duggan, Deb Harkness and
Mikaila Davidson are six local artists who work with this
hard rigid metal, crafting it into fantastical
found object sculptures, mechanical works,
or life-size animals.