Never used zinc sheet before. The counters are .030″ (20ga) on 1.25″ OSB. All seams soldered for maximum water protection. The zinc will patina as it gets used, to varying hues of blue-grey. Turns out they are popular in French bars, where it is common to say, “let’s go to the zinc”.
By ANITA FRITZ
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
(Published in print: Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
GREENFIELD — The 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of spoons, forks, knives and other stainless-steel cutlery will be placed upon its 12-foot-tall pole in Greenfield’s first gateway park on Deerfield Street Friday at 3:30 p.m. to begin welcoming visitors and residents to town.
“Brookie,” which was created by Shelburne Falls metal artist John Sendelbach, is Greenfield’s first of four Greening Gateway sculptures.
Brookie will be placed at the former Food and Fuel site at 250 Deerfield St.
“We are thrilled that Brookie will be available for all to see,” said Susan Worgaftik, chairwoman of the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee. “We especially want to thank Mark Blanchette, producer of Wormtown Productions, who donated the funds that allowed for this wonderful sculpture to be created.”
Several more permanent sculptures will eventually be placed at other “gateways” to Greenfield, said Caitlin von Schmitt, chairwoman of the Greenfield Local Cultural Council and Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee member.
“The GLCC is committed to public art that reaches the broadest audience possible,” said von Schmitt. “(Brookie) and the park in which it will reside are perfect examples of what we are trying to promote in Greenfield, and we could not be happier.”
A celebration on Friday will include a brief presentation by Mayor William Martin and a planting party to begin beautification of the site.
The park will be designated as one in celebration of Greenfield’s history as a center of stainless steel cutlery manufacturing and Brookie will be the focal point.
Committee member Rebecca George said Felix Lufkin and volunteers from Help Yourself assisted the committee in planning and will help plant native plants in the new park.
“We hope everyone will join us to celebrate Brookie’s installation and join in the planting party so that this area will be a beautiful and welcoming area for residents and visitors alike,” said Worgaftik.
A second gateway location and when the project will go out for artists’ bids has not yet been announced.
Sendelbach, 46, owns Metal Stone Arts in Shelburne Falls. He said Brookie is the project he has waited 12 years to create.
“I’m honored and privileged to have had this chance,” said Sendelbach, who received a $5,000 prize and donations of cutlery from throughout the county for his project.
(Published in print: Wednesday, September 11, 2013)
GREENFIELD — Shelburne Falls metal artist John Sendelbach has almost finished creating “Brookie,” a 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of spoons, forks, knives, ladles, spatulas and other stainless-steel cutlery designed to sit atop a 12-foot-tall pole to welcome residents and visitors when the town’s first gateway park on Deerfield Street is completed.
“This is the one,” said Sendlebach, who said he has waited 12 years to create something like Brookie. “I’m honored and privileged to have had this chance.”
Susan Worgaftik, chairwoman of the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee that chose Sendelbach’s sculpture as the project’s first of four after soliciting public input on two finalist ideas, said the town’s current plan is to install Brookie on Oct. 18 on the former Food and Fuel site on Deerfield Street.
“We’re going to hold off on putting out a call for ideas for the next sculpture until this one is installed,” said Worgaftik.
The town will eventually install four sculptures at different gateways to the town, but Worgaftik said the second spot has not yet been chosen.
Worgaftik said the first project has gone smoothly, for the most part.
“You always hit a few snags with any project,” she said.
Sendelbach, 46, who owns Metal Stone Arts in Shelburne Falls, said he wanted to use cutlery to create Brookie, because Greenfield has a rich history as the location of one of the first two major cutlery factories in the country. The other was in Shelburne Falls.
Sendelbach built a stainless steel frame and then filled it in with donated cutlery — everything from forks and spoons to corkscrews, strainers and nutcrackers.
He said so far he has spent more than 200 hours building Brookie, not counting the hours he spent designing the sculpture.
Sendelbach received a $5,000 prize for being chosen by the committee to build the sculpture.
Mayor William Martin kicked off Sendelbach’s efforts by donating a “starter kit” of cutlery.
The project grew out of Martin’s determination to create “gateways” to Greenfield at all of the town’s major entry points. The mayor said he wanted several spaces that would welcome residents home and visitors to town with a mix of aesthetics and information.
The project will also include some native plantings, one or two benches, and a bike rack.
Also, there will be three signs. One will welcome people, one will display a history of land use there, and one will tell the story of the sculpture and the town’s industrial history.