Friday, October 15, 2010

Our First Featured Artist: Bradley Barrett

Foundry is now featuring the sculpture of Bradley Barrett.  We met Bradley through a friend who knew we were looking for old doors, windows, and basically anything old and unique to use as display furniture.   After a few minutes in his backyard wonderland of wooden and metal salvage, we knew we had discovered the right place!  Not only does he save materials that would normally be tossed and forgotten, but he creates art out of them.  We have welcomed into our family, Carl, Joe and Jack, and they would be so happy in your home above your mantle, in your cabin, your man-cave, your front porch....

This is Carl, the serious one. He oversees the store with confidence and ease, which you can tell by his serious brow and pout.  He is crafted out of tractor parts, theater seat pieces, a hinge and various others salvaged metal pieces. 

Joe is the rebellious one, and he has grown his hair out to show it. Oh no, I think he also pierced his left ear.  He is made up of pieces similar to Carl, so perhaps Carl is the responsible older brother. 

Jack and Carl make a good team, and how about those recycled metal and glass wall sconces in between?

The star of the show is Jack. His cylinder shaped head is crafted from an oxygen tank, and the horns are beautifully bent metal tubes that flow like tree branches.

Bradley Barrett has been creating whimsical animal heads using 100% recycled and found materials for 15 years, with a focus on steer heads.   His inspiration comes from the materials salvaged while deconstructing old homes and barns in the Western Carolina mountains.    Bradley started his own architectural salvage business in 1996 in an effort to save the parts and pieces of old homes and barns and find a new use for these materials.  What started as an idea to save valuable resources from being thrown away or burned has now grown into a successful architectural business and a resource for local artists.

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