Chris Williams, a third generation welder, creates animal art that is nothing less than exceptional. Williams' metal animal sculptures are built from the ground up, and made by had at his shop/studio in the Essex woods of Massachusetts.
Williams has done quite a variety of commissioned art, both commercial businesses and private residential metal animals. Below is a bear that Williams welded for Bridgewater State College's athletic department. Williams' website states that it took two months for him to make using a plasma torch and TIG welder.
The tree frog sculpture below is for sure one of my favorites. It is displayed at New England Biolabs.
Here is a quick look at the installation of a temporary display at Boston's Logan Airport.
Williams also does commissions for individuals. Below are images of some dog art sculptures he has done for families who wanted unique memorials for their pets.
The personal commissions are not just memorials. Check out this dragon that was done for a person's wine cellar! There is a video interview that introduces Williams and gives a more in depth look at this sculpture in particular.
Williams has a unique process, but that can vary depending on what a particular metal animal sculpture requires. Because he starts from the ground up with a frame, instead of creating a mold that is then transformed into a metal sculpture, each metal animal is a unique, original piece of art. Below are pictures of the process in various stages.
For more art by Chris Williams, visit his website. He does custom commissions for location and budget. Also, if welding art interests you, check out the article I wrote on animal artist Joe Pogan, or for more sculpture, you can also check out Sean Avery's work. Be sure to leave a comment below, and check back again soon!
Images used with Chris Williams' permission.