The Dunbar Bear
Dunbar, Scotland, United Kingdom | 2019
The “Street Musician” is a masterful art piece sculpted entirely from rebar created by Tim Summerville. This artwork took more than 250 hours to complete. Its unique design was created by hand and eye and stands in over 7’7” tall.
When asked what inspired Tim to create such a unique sculpture he said “My past steel sculptures have been animals and wildlife including a mountain lion, bald eagle, a buffalo with a running calf and even a caveman hunter. The rabbit explores a fantasy idea that invites interaction with the viewer. This might be in the form of a group picture or just playing in the rabbit band alongside of the violin.”
The rabbit explores a fantasy idea that invites interaction with the viewer. This might be in the form of a group picture or just playing in the rabbit band alongside of the violin.
Most all of Tim’s metal working skills were developed in High School. He learned his skills in the diversified metals class that met two hours daily. Tim would later go on to study art and industrial technology at Eastern Illinois University. Tim went onto work in manufacturing and he also used his artistic eye to freehand paint signs.
All of Tim’s sculptures, Including the Street Musician, start with long lengths of mild steel, round rod, or steel rebar. The sculptures are completely done by hand. He uses heat, hammers, and an anvil to bend the rod to his liking. He then uses a MIG welder to join the pieces together. The sculptures' success depends solely on his artistic eye and talent with metal working.
Like many great artist Tim wanted his sculpture to last a lifetime. This is precisely one of the reasons why he chose to hot-dip galvanize the sculpture. Along with the longevity, it gave Tim the aesthetic look he wanted. Many steel sculptures will start to rust and create staining on the surrounding surface. Tim knew by hot-dip galvanizing the sculpture it would prevent this from happening.
Tim has entered The “Street Musician” Into public art competitions in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois and has placed first in all of the contests. The “Street Musician” will be on display in one of these three locations for public viewing.
Champaign, IL United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance
The entire sculpture was HDG. The name of the art piece is the "Street Musician"
AZZ Galvanizing - Peoria
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