INDIO METAL ARTS

artful objects for inside and out

Memorial Monolith Commission

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This monolith has been installed in Jerry and Richard’s private landscaped garden as a memorial to a loved one who has passed. The laser cut piece is 3/8ths inch steel with a fin bisecting at 30 degrees. At its base is crushed white granite which matches their nearby raked rock garden. Its been bolted to a concrete footing. 62″ H x 16″ W.

Client Review: “I met Shelly at the annual garden sale by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, where she was selling her attractive metal garden sculptures.  Subsequently, I saw more of her work at the Cracked Pots Art Show in Troutdale, OR.  I talked with her about fabricating a memorial sculpture for my home garden to honor my recently deceased Nisei parents, John and Frances Ota.  Shelly’s metal work seemed particularly appropriate for this. I had a calligraphy that John had made of his name, Ota, written in kanji.  After talking with Shelly about options, we decided on a vertical slab of steel in a vibrant red powder coat with the kanji script excised from the metal.   Shelly was a delight to deal with:  enthusiastic, flexible, engaging.  The final endproduct was exactly what we wanted:  elegant, refined, handsome, reflective of Japanese aesthetics.  It now has shined in our garden for 2 years.  It’s a delight to look from our home at the memorial in the garden, even in the depths of winter.  It always brings smiles to faces and great memories to mind.  Shelly made it happen.”

Arching Chime

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This is the Arching Chime installed in SE Portland for Lou Ann and Patricia. The face of the chime was designed to be viewed from the deck while the full body possesses the space from all angles. The piece is bolted to a concrete footing. It was inspired by the steel hoops of a vintage redwood hot tub. The paint matches the highlight colors of the house.

custom flower project

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I just finished this commission for a client’s landscaped garden. This will sit into the ground a bit to hold a slope back. There is a mesh tray a few inches down for a layer of decorative rocks. The metal flowers are recycled from a christmas tree water basin, and a parts cabinet.
They provided the pot, I provided the color. Thanks for a fun project.

sunflower is 7′ H, face 18″ W