Palmer Island Lighthouse

Status: In a Private Collection. (Please contact me to make a similar piece.)

Application: Indoor

Signed: KR2012

This hand-formed sculpture was modeled after the Palmer Island Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which was built in the mid-1850’s when New Bedford was dubbed the “Whaling Capitol of the World.” This lighthouse and its keepers served the community of New Bedford for more than 100 years, protecting incoming and outgoing boats and commerce from running aground while entering and exiting New Bedford’s harbor. It was automated in the 1940’s and had fallen victim to vandalism and abandonment for several lengthy time periods until a recent restorations in 1999 turned its now solar powered light back on.

This rendition of the Palmer Island Lighthouse captures the west facing view of the lighthouse in its present condition, also capturing a portion of the stone walkway that leads to the lighthouse from Palmer Island. The piece was hand-formed and hammer-formed from 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel sheet metal, reclaimed pieces of stainless steel and 1/8″ stainless steel rods. It was welded together using the Tungsten Inert Gas (T.I.G.) welding process. The piece measures 15″ tall, by 7 1/2″ wide, by 11 1/4″ deep. The piece is lighted by a standard U.S. 110V light kit.

The piece is suitable for indoor applications only and would look just as “at home” in a commercial setting as it would on a table, shelf or desktop, in your home.

Palmer Island Lighthouse

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Palmer Island Lighthouse

Palmer Island Lighthouse

Palmer Island Lighthouse

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Palmer Island Lighthouse

Palmer Island Lighthouse 2

© 2012 – Kirt Rebello

Whale’s Tail

Status: In Private Collection – Similar Reproduction Available. (Please contact me to make a similar piece.)

Application: Indoor/Outdoor

Signed: KR2012

These small sculptures are depictions of blue whales’ tails, as they submerge in the water and give the classic “tail wave” in their descent. The whale’s tail is a popular symbol for the Southern New England area, especially New Bedford, MA which was dubbed the “Whaling Capitol of the World” during the 1800’s. New Bedford was also the home to author Herman Melville who wrote the American classic, “Moby Dick” and based the story in New Bedford.

These pieces were hand-formed from six pieces of T-304, 16 Gauge stainless steel and welded together using the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding process. This piece can be made to just about any size, large or small, and can be designed for both indoor or outdoor applications. The smaller of these two pieces measures 9” in height, 7-1/4″ in width and 6” in depth, the larger piece measures 11″ in height, 10″ in width and 10″ in depth. .

The Whale’s Tail and similar small sculptures are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

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Whale’s Tail – Large

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Whale’s Tail – Large

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Whale’s Tail – Small

Whale's Tail - Small

Whale’s Tail – Small

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© 2012 – Kirt Rebello

Copper and Stainless Steel Roses

Status: Private Collection, Similar Reproduction Available. (Please contact me to make a similar piece.)

Application: Indoor/Outdoor

These copper and stainless steel roses can make a unique and extra special gift that will last a lifetime and make a heart-felt statement to that special person you care for. Roses can be purchased individually or arrangements of multiple roses can be designed, along with special mounts. They can also be incorporated into larger sculptures and other artworks.

Each rose is custom made and hand-formed to your specifications and welded together using the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding process. They are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

Metal Rose – Copper

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Metal Rose – Stainless Steel

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Metal Rose – Stainless Steel

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“Bird on a Wave”

Status: In a Private Collection. (Please contact me to commission a similar piece.)

Application: Indoor/Outdoor

Signed: KR2012

“Bird on a Wave” is an abstract piece that I created to represent a bird flying just above a wave. It’s made out of 1/8″ Corten Steel© and 14 gauge T-304 stainless steel, and the whole assembly was T.I.G. Welded together using 309L stainless steel. It stands about 58″ tall and the bird’s wings span about 19″ across. The piece swivels on a base that is 18 1/2″ deep by 9″ wide and through the center of the wave I placed a stainless steel prism that can be turned towards the sun to highlight an object, and to represent the sun shining through the wave.

The piece is equally suitable for indoor or outdoor applications. If left outdoors, the Corten steel will weather to a rust color but the welds along the edges will remain silver and the bird and prism will remain shiny, giving its look a wonderful contrast, yet allowing it to blend nicely with natural colors. The base is filled with concrete to give it stability in the home or in unfavorable weather conditions. And the piece is connected to the base by a heavy duty, sealed, automotive, front wheel bearing, that is sure to last indefinitely.

The piece has many angles that can be enjoyed and the swivel base allows you to easily enjoy any angle or adjust the prism to the sun.

The piece is currently available and looking for a home!

“Bird on a Wave”

“Bird on a Wave”

The Sun Shining Through

The Prism Effect

The Ability to Swivel

The Back Side

© 2012 – Kirt Rebello

“Sun Basin”

Status: In a Private Collection. (Please contact me to commission a similar piece.)

Application: Indoor/Outdoor

Signed: KR2012

“Sun Basin” was a commission I received to create a garden reflection pool for a private collection. The piece is made of 14 gauge T-304 stainless steel, with 3/8″ solid stainless steel round bar welded along its scalloped edge. It measures 4′-6″ in diameter.

The piece was hammer formed by hand and the scalloped edge was created by a press form that I made and adapted to my log splitter (that I also made). A video of the “scalloping” can be seen below.

In the center of the piece I left the hammer marks from the forming process and I heated the center to give it the golden brown color it has. Depending on your preference, the center can appear as the center of a sunflower or the turbulent and “heated” surface of the sun. From the edge of the heated and hammered center I ground in a pattern of petals (or “rays”) that flow nicely up to the scalloped edge, and from certain angles the pattern also gives a “vortex” appearance, as seen below. Along the edge of the solid stainless steel round-bar that is welded along the circumference, I left the weld untouched but lightly polished, which allows the weld’s beads to present themselves as clouds passing by.

The piece rests upon three rocks that were found locally and it contributes nicely to the tranquility of the garden. To sample the tranquility of the piece, please enjoy the video below.

“Sun Basin”

“Vortex” Effect

The tranquility of “Sun Basin:”

Video of forming the scalloped edged (the video is loud):

© 2012 – Kirt Rebello

“Out of the Box”

Status: In a Private Collection. (Please contact me to commission a similar piece.)

Signed: KR2012

“Out of the Box” was a commission I received for a private collection that was inspired by input from both the owner and myself, and I have promised the owner I will not recreate it. The sculpture stands 7′ 4″ on its own and almost 8′ tall on its concrete base. It’s made out of 1/8″ Corten Steel© and 14 gauge T-304 stainless steel, and the whole assembly was T.I.G. Welded together using 309L stainless steel.

The largest box measures 18″ and each box gets progressively smaller by 3″ increments, down to the smallest 9″ box. I created the inner stainless steel structure in a three dimensional “square-bar” configuration to give the appearance that the boxes are made of solid bars of stainless steel, covered in Corten steel. Each of the openings on the boxes are one-half the width of the box, leaving the “bars” to be one-quarter the width. So, for example, the 12″ box has a 6″ opening leaving each of the “bars” to be 3″ in width.

The piece has many angles that can be enjoyed and each angle changes with the position of the sun. One of my favorite angles captures the stainless steel inside each of the boxes, in a way that make the stainless appear “diamond like.”

I love the combination of the Corten and stainless steels and the contrasts they present. I love the way the project turned out and I enjoyed building it!

Out of the Box

The “Diamond Effect”

South Side View

North Side View

East or West Side View

From the Ground Towards the Sun

© 2012 – Kirt Rebello

“Large Catboat”

Status: In a Private Collection. (Please contact me to commission a similar piece.)

Application: Indoor/Outdoor

Signed: KR2012

The “Large Cat Boat” was my inaugural sculpture and “kick-off” for my metal art endeavor. Although I’ve been doing custom metal fabrication for more than 20 years, I had yet to try my hand at T.I.G. welding or working with stainless steel and, true to my form, I decided to start my metal art endeavor… oh ya, and then learn how to T.I.G weld and work with stainless steel! Fortunately, I was able to successfully accomplish both and the end result was a nice donation for our local Community Boating Center that was auctioned off at their annual Opening of the Bay Celebration.

The sculpture is modeled after an 18’ Marshall Sanderling Cape Cod Catboat and is designed to present itself nicely in either an indoor or outdoor settings. Its hand-formed from 16 gauge T304 stainless steel and T.I.G. welded together. Its dimensions are: 46” Tall, 18” Wide and 32” long and the stainless steel will maintain a beautiful shine in all climates and will require little maintenance to enjoy for decades to come.

The Cat Boat was auction off and is now a part of a private collection.

© 2012 – Kirt Rebello

Outdoor Railing

Custom Railing (Please contact me to make a similar piece.)

Application: Indoor/Outdoor

This railing was custom made for an outdoor application. It is constructed from solid steel and forged steel pieces and specially customized to a design I created with the client’s input.

If you would like a custom railing or fence done, please Contact us today to find out more!

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© 2012 – Kirt Rebello