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Steel Shots: Steel Inspiration
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM.


George Tobolowsky’s Signature Piece is welded steel with lacquer and measures 79 in. x 112 in. x 55 in. It is on display at The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas. Photo: Mountain Springs Sculpture Studio


Texas sculptor George Tobolowsky creates works of art by combining discarded steel machine fragments and industrial parts with scrap metal he acquires from fabrication plants and scrap yards in the Dallas area. The original shapes of the discarded steel pieces determine the form of each sculpture and guide the artistic possibilities of creating new form from old substance.


“My sculptures are visual memories that reflect my business experiences of the past three decades working in the legal and business world,” Tobolowsky said. “Many have an element of motion.”


Tobolowsky said that half of the steel objects and scrap metal have color that was added to the metal by the fabricators or manufacturers. He rejuvenates and recaptures these colored pieces and integrates them in his sculptures. His sculptures range from table top pieces of about 40 pounds or more, to large outdoor sculptures weighing up to two tons.


Tobolowsky’s Sculpture Studio is located in Mountain Springs, Texas, an hour north of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Visit his website at to learn more about his steel sculpting and view more of his work.


Has Tobolowsky’s work inspired you to get creative using steel? If you’re an AISC full or associate member, join in this year’s SteelDay Sculpture Competition. Enter the contest for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference, where your sculpture will be exhibited and the ultimate winner will be voted on by attendees and awarded a prize. Visit the competition website at for more information. Entries are due by September 16.


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