A Riveted World – James Barker’s ‘Metal Land’

With 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering, James Barker of Echo Valley Metal Design has filled his storefront with the medium he knows best: metal.  After experimenting for years and building “crazy machines with gurgling liquid, glowing tubes, and arcing electrical pulses,” Barker calls Metal Land his  “jump start” into the art scene.

Dinosaurs, insects, a swamp… oh my!  These are displayed to invite visitors to take a walk into Barker’s imaginative world.  Rather than creating the pieces one at a time, Barker set out to give each piece a purpose and create the scene to work as one. The configuration provides many viewpoints and light combinations, making each visitor’s experience unique.

A small part of Barker's giant prehistoric scene. (Photo by James Barker)

Barker chose to stray from standard welding in favor of rivets and bolts for crisp, clean lines.  His hope is that the installation is so intricate visitors will have more to discover each time they visit.

Whether the installation is a reflection on the past or a prediction of what is to come, Barker won’t divulge, rather he wishes to promote Metal Land as a symbol of our constant evolution.

**Metal Land ends soon – catch it at 312 Occidental Ave S before January 29th! **

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Activating neighborhoods and overlooked spaces by filling vacant urban spaces with art installations, pop-up boutiques, galleries, and community groups since 2010.
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