Metal has always been prominent in Murray’s life. As a child growing up in Princeton, Ky., she spent her afternoons in her father’s shop, Murray Drilling. With a broom in hand and rollerblades strapped to her feet, she swept the floors at a quick pace, earning cash for gadgets and tools of her own.
Metalwork is more like problem-solving than artistic expression, says Ian Henderson: “It will do exactly what you want it to: be shaped, melt at known temperatures, harden and soften predictably.” The artist has also explored clay, which he describes as fussy and gestural, but “I loved working with metal as soon as I started, because […]
Asheville probably has more public sculpture than most cities of similar size — a direct result of the region’s rich arts-and-crafts heritage. For starters, there’s Passage, Albert Paley’s abstract steel sculpture at the Veach-Baley Federal Complex on Patton Avenue; Dirck Cruser’s Energy Loop, the first city-purchased sculpture, which sits across the street from City-County Plaza; […]