Beau Lyday  Farmstead Studios

      Gothic Portal​

Gothic portal brings an architectural element that is usually 60 feet above us and places it right at eye level. From a distance it appears to be made from a dark stone. Coming closer it looks more like cast iron. Up close you realize that it is created out of rusted tin. It was made entirely by hand using repoussé and chasing techniques, a simple hand brake and thousands of hammer strokes. There is a wood forming frame underneath each layer of metal. Using old roofing tin that has been abandoned and considered worthless, that the winds bends and blows away, to make a sculpture that appears so solid, weighty, and beautiful amazes me.