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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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