The boxes were filled with intricate wooden forms from the 1970s and earlier at the foundry museum at
"Everyone did their own special approach to it," Ishmael said. "It's incredible."
The historic wood's original purpose was for metal casting, Ishmael said. The pieces featured in the exhibit were used for metal objects such as grate covers, pipes, valves and aircraft.
The "Repurposing Wood" exhibit will be displayed until
Day after day, participating artists dug through the big boxes of timber at the
"It really had a popularity to it," Tretheway said. "About 99 percent of the wood was used."
"Fortunately for me, what was leftover for me were wonderful pieces," Hamm said.
With those leftovers, he created the centerpiece of the exhibit: an 8-foot rustic robot named "Maynard." Gallery-goers looked at the wooden robot in awe of how the artist revived the natural appeal of the wood.
"All these pieces, I didn't paint any of them," Hamm said. "I just brought them back to life."
The wood was originally housed at Technikon's
The coalition operated a foundry museum at the McClellan facility.
Simonelli said he knows the original wood forms well, and admires how artists have revived them. .
"For us, we applaud them for finding another phase of life for manufacturing," Simonelli said. "I think it's great."
"I took the box home and it had been in my garage attic for a very long time," Walden said.
After the box sat in his attic for decades, Walden asked
"This is the legacy of how the
Burrows, vice president for Enable Energy, connected Walden and Ishmael, who knew how to bring these pieces back to life.
"There's pieces where they look like pretty boring shapes, and they made them very alive," Burrows said. "I think you can find inspiration, even in the most mundane things and in things that may have been in storage since the 1970s."
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