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Metal Sculpture: Ed Hamilton



Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton reflects on the evolution of his work, from the Junkology series of 1978-80, which began with a piece of metal junk he found in the street, to his large series of well-known bronze monuments, beginning with the Booker T. Washington Memorial he created in 1984. He describes both his thought process and his techniques for using bronze while working on a new piece of public art, a memorial to Louisville native and NFL star Lenny Lyles. In his sculptures, Hamilton says he is always looking to portray figures with great emotion and historical accuracy because those factors add to the thrill of a work’s final unveiling to the public.

Suggested Uses:

  • Show to spark a discussion of the purposes of art and the value of public art. Take a walking tour of your community, looking for examples of public art.
  • Pair with the “Metal Fabrication: Garry Bibbs” segment on the Spectrum of Art DVD to compare and contrast the techniques, methods, and subject matter both artists use in their approach to the same medium or with the “Expressionism: Figurative Art” segment (also on Spectrum of Art) to discuss the similarities as well as the differences between artists working in different media.
  • Show to inspire students to create their own versions of Junkology.
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit. Have students research education and specialized skills required by someone who works in bronze. Explore the economics of working in bronze (cost of materials, studio, power, salaries for assistants, and transportation; commissions and fees; etc.).

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