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Everett park gets artist's 'labor of love'

  • Seattle artist and blacksmith Paul Casey.

    Purchase Photo Reprint Dan Bates / The Herald

    Seattle artist and blacksmith Paul Casey.

  • Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction Inc. owner Jeff Davis confer with artist Paul Casey, of Seattle, (right) while installing Casey's solid st...

    Purchase Photo Reprint Dan Bates / The Herald

    Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction Inc. owner Jeff Davis confer with artist Paul Casey, of Seattle, (right) while installing Casey's solid steel art panels, which weigh more than 600 pounds each, Friday in Grand Avenue Park. The panels, for which Casey was commissioned five years ago, are all hand-forged, -shaped and -fitted.

  • Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction, Inc. owner Jeff Davis lift one of artist / blacksmith Paul Casey's solid steel art panels, which weigh mo...

    Purchase Photo Reprint Dan Bates / The Herald

    Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction, Inc. owner Jeff Davis lift one of artist / blacksmith Paul Casey's solid steel art panels, which weigh more than 600 pounds, while installing them for the City of Everett in Grand Avenue Park on Friday. The panels, which Casey created over the last 4 and a half years are all hand forged, shaped and fitted.

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  • Seattle artist and blacksmith Paul Casey.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Seattle artist and blacksmith Paul Casey.

  • Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction Inc. owner Jeff Davis confer with artist Paul Casey, of Seattle, (right) while installing Casey's solid st...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction Inc. owner Jeff Davis confer with artist Paul Casey, of Seattle, (right) while installing Casey's solid steel art panels, which weigh more than 600 pounds each, Friday in Grand Avenue Park. The panels, for which Casey was commissioned five years ago, are all hand-forged, -shaped and -fitted.

  • Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction, Inc. owner Jeff Davis lift one of artist / blacksmith Paul Casey's solid steel art panels, which weigh mo...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Luke Davidson (left) and Davis Construction, Inc. owner Jeff Davis lift one of artist / blacksmith Paul Casey's solid steel art panels, which weigh more than 600 pounds, while installing them for the City of Everett in Grand Avenue Park on Friday. The panels, which Casey created over the last 4 and a half years are all hand forged, shaped and fitted.

EVERETT -- Metal artist and blacksmith Paul Casey said he'll charge more for his work next time.
Five years after the Seattle artist won a commission to produce forged metal railings, his work is finally installed at Grand Avenue Park. Workers mounted the pieces last weekend.
The six railing panels are situated near the compass rose at the Everett park, framing the view of the city's waterfront.
His work isn't just functional; it's metal in motion. The graceful swirls are meant to suggest clouds, waves and the water below.
Each of the railings weighs 650 pounds.
All that sturdy but graceful ironwork took far longer than the he expected. He worked two and a half years straight on the project. "It's been quite a labor of love," he said.
Casey was paid $21,000. The money comes from the city of Everett's Public Art Fund, which sets aside 1 percent of money appropriated for capital projects for art.
Tallying up Casey's expenses, it wasn't exactly a windfall.
Figuring in costs, there was no profit at all: The artist estimated he spent $9,000 on propane, $8,000 in materials and $4,000 in oxygen for his torch.
"I don't even want to think of the hourly rate," he said.
Debra Smith: 425-339-3197; dsmith@heraldnet.com.

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