This piece is actually made of 16 gauge welded scrap iron. I designed this sculpture for my studio on Daufuskie (see photo with a younger me in overalls)and finally had enough people ask about it to where I decided to design it for the wall and instead of the post in the ground like the one I have at the studio. Of course, the wall sculpture is a fraction to ship too because it is 7 pieces instead of one large one. The photo w/ the red wall is courtesy of collectors Gib & Lindsay Daniel of Lindsay Daniel Architecture in Charlotte, NC . They have created the perfect back drop for this piece. I love how the red and the rust play off of each other.
In September of 1989, I was a 12 year old boy living in Charlotte, NC. I have forgotten the exact date when Hurricane Hugo came smashing into town but I will never forget the event. It was my fathers weekend to have the kids so we were bunked up at his house, about five miles from my mothers house. Mom was out of town that weekend and I remember waking up to the window thrashing open and the sound of loud popping noises. Within minutes of waking up, my dad came in to my room and instructed me to get in the hall way. My sister, dad, and I quickly made a pallet on the floor and I am pretty sure we all sacked out pretty quick. Well, I know my sister and I did.
The next day, we walked out of the house and I swear it was like nothing I had ever seen at that time and I also found out what that popping noise was from the night before. There were more gigantic old oaks laying on the ground then there were standing(this might be a slight exaggeration but not a huge one I promise). There was not 100 yards of passable/drivableto my recollection. Limbs and full trees blocked every direction. We took a walk around to access the damage and ran in to all the neighbors we knew and did not know. Everyone had the same look of disbelief on their face. Charlotte is approximately 200 miles from the coast so this type of a storm was unheard of. Well, from that point on it was kind of cool. No one had power for days so there was essentially just one big block grill out. Restaraunts in certain parts of town were grilling out for 100 people at a time and for free. The food was going to go bad anyways so might as well cook it up and have someone eat it right?
About 4-5 days later, the chainsaw guys had cut enough clearing in the roads to have people get around on a limited basis. Mom finally got back to town so when she arrived, we went to check on the house. Sadly, there was a 100 year old oak laying right in mom’s bedroom. With such a nice sized hole in the roof, the house was totally flooded! We moved back in with mom although the house was essentially condemned. Remember, I was 12 so I was loving the novelty of camping in my own home. To this day I have little memory how the storm effected my mother, father, or sister. All I know is we enjoyed simple pleasures for about three weeks by the light of a loaner gas fired camping lamp. Finally, we moved about three miles away to another small rental house.
Well, years later, I am a sculptor living on a tiny island in the low country of South Carolina. Since Hugo, I spent 4 years in Wilmington, NC from 1995-1999 which was the stormiest four years in NC history. I sat through three more hurricanes in that brief time on the NC coast. All of them were very, very interesting. I sat through all of them and there is nothing like watching and living through a hurricane. However, we all have our first love and Hugo is mine. That storm that caused NC alone approximately 1 billion dollars, was one of the highlights of my childhood. Just wanted to take the time to tell a little bit about the history I personally have with hurricanes in the event you were wondering. This sculpture is dedicated to Hugo.
Thomas Madden and Family Take Home A ‘Re-Invented Nightlight’ to Lady’s Island The photograph below shows Thomas Madden and his family during a recent visit to Daufuskie Island, where they purchased this beautiful work of Iron Fish Art, handmade by coastal artist Chase Allen. To find out more about Chase, click here. The […]
Beach House Decorations Vintage beach house decor is a great way to decorate your coastal cottage. Many are hand made from reclaimed wood like the one above. _______________________________________________________________________ The coastal decorations pictured below are hand made by metal sculptor Chase Allen. These nautical works of art hang easily […]
Dataw Island Iron Fish Beach House Decor – Dataw Island Marina Introducing “Dataw Island”, one of coastal artist Chase Allen’s new spring/summer 2012 Iron Fish collection. Dataw Island, SC is located in Beaufort County and is known as a beautiful coastal destination. The rustic finish embraces the beauty of this region.You can find […]
1st Quarter 2012 Iron Fish Designs-“Oak Bluffs” Sculpture from the Martha’s Vinyard/Nantucket Collection Introducing the beautiful shades of red in this handcrafted “Oak Bluffs” coastal wall art sculpture: click on photo for “Oak Bluffs” size and price options Try this red and salmon toned fish sculpture against any colored wall but imagine it the pop it would […]
1st Quarter 2012 Iron Fish Designs-“Vinyard Haven” Sculpture
from the Martha’s Vinyard/Nantucket Collection
Introducing the soft colors of this handcrafted “Vinyard Havens” coastal wall art sculpture:
vinyard haven art
click on photo for “Vinyard Havens” size and price options
The Iron Fish Gallery- Sculptor Chase Allen specializes in handcrafting vintage finished coastal wall art and beach house decor from raw sheets of steel
**each coastal sculpture is gift wrapped becoming a perfect beach house gift or coastal wall art decoration of your choice.
US Airways Magazine has featured Chase Allen and The Iron Fish in their most recent publication. It’s always an honor to receive recognition for the artistic work of The Iron Fish. Many thanks to the kind folks at US Airways! (P.S. They also included the story about Chase’s “almost” debut on HGTV. Take a moment […]