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The Museum's Metals Studio has created a number of forged, fabricated, and cast artwork for businesses and parks across Memphis. Scroll through this page to learn more about the process used to create these pieces. Open the driving directions in your phone's Maps app to visit each location!
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METAL MUSEUM PUBLIC ART

Links Gate, 2003

The Links at Riverside

Steel, 30' x 21'

These gates were designed by Jim Wallace and built in the Metal Museum's blacksmith shop. They were commissioned by the City of Memphis.

Downtown: Location A

10th Anniversary Gates, 1989

Metal Museum

Forged steel, 15' 6" x 16'

These gates were designed for the 10th Anniversary of the Metal Museum by British blacksmith Richard Quinnell. Each S scroll has a a pair of rosettes, one at the top and one at the bottom. Each pair of rosettes was made by a different artist.

​Downtown: Location B

Art Tile Mural, 2017

Gaston Park Library

Cast aluminum, 7' x 3'

LaRose and Cummings Elementary School students designed and created each 4" x 4" tile in this cast aluminum mural. The Metal Museum Foundry designed the large center casting for each panel. The mural was commissioned by the UrbanArt Commission.

​Downtown: Location C

Bike Rack, 2019

Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library

Steel, 6' x 9'

This bike rack was designed and created by the Metal Museum Smithy for the entrance to the Library. Its shape was inspired by the murals on the exterior walls of the building, created by local artist and graphic designer Khara Woods. This project was commissioned by the City of Memphis with support from the Kresge Foundation.

​Downtown: Location D

Guitar Bike Rack, 2015

Memphis Tourism Office

Forged steel, 6' x 3'

This guitar-shaped bike rack was forged at the Metal Museum. Note that the headstock material was "punched," meaning the material was moved and bulges to indicate the tuning keys. In metalsmithing, drilling removes material and punching (used in blacksmithing) displaces material without removing it.

​Downtown: Location E

Dogwood Flowers, 2014

Court Square

Forged steel, 8' x 5'

This steel sculpture was stylized to resemble dogwood flowers.  It was designed, forged, and fabricated by the Metal Museum and commissioned by the Downtown Memphis Commission.

​Downtown: Location F

Cast Iron Fence Reproduction, 2017

Calvary Episcopal Church

Cast iron and steel, 18' long

Restoration of fence in steel and cast iron. The patterns on this fence are no longer commercially available. The Metal Museum Foundry used parts on the fence as patterns and cast the missing pieces needed for restoration.

​Downtown: Location G

Uptown Bike Racks, 2014

Uptown Memphis

Steel, 3' x 2'

The steel bike racks' stylized designs are based on the human form. They can be found in Uptown on Mill Street, the block between 2nd Street and Main Street.

​Downtown: Location H

nexAir Sculpture, 2013

nexAir Headquarters at Crosstown Concourse

Steel, 12' x 4'

The piece, made of powder coated steel, can be found at nexAir's corporate offices at Crosstown Concourse. Its design was influenced by the sweeping lines of nexAir's logo as well as the company's purpose - to supply gases including oxygen, propane, and argon. The circle forms are made from their own gas tanks using stock that they provided for the project.

​Midtown: Location A

Crosstown Concourse Cast Medallion, 2016

Crosstown Concourse Main Lobby

Cast iron, 3' diameter

Radiators from the original Sears building were melted down and cast into a sand mold to create the logo in the East Atrium of the Crosstown Concourse.

​Midtown: Location B

Door Handles, 2019

Evergreen Presbyterian Church

Steel, 28" x 4"

A die was made to texture the back plates of these forged steel door handles. Note that the handle changes shape from square (near the plate) to round/oblong for the comfort of using the handle.

​Midtown: Location C

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Children's Museum of Memphis Sign, 2016

Children's Museum of Memphis

Steel, 16' x 8' x 3'

Commissioned by the Children's Museum of Memphis, the design is based on the museum's logo. The stars and triangles are designed to move in the wind.

​Midtown: Location D

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