"Great Blue Heron"
by Jon Kamrath
Having made several pieces in this series already, ranging from 6 to 17 feet tall, this piece is a 10 foot tall Great Blue Heron made from steel and aluminum. These sculptures contrast dark, distressed steel components with bright, clean aluminum panels. The organic feel of the steel, juxtaposed with the vibrant motion ground into the aluminum creates a striking visual, constantly changing with the position of the sun.
The steel components are welded, painted, sanded then professionally clear coated with industrial automotive finish to survive the outdoor elements. The panels are custom ground aircraft aluminum, chosen for longevity and strength.
These sculptures are designed to survive harsh Midwestern weather of all kinds, including being built in accordance with an engineer to endure high winds.