As we've mentioned before, art can be functional in addition to aesthetically pleasing. Walter Neill uses his blacksmith skills to repurpose rasps into (fun)ctional bottle openers. Today on home and heART, Tom Lombardo lends us his thoughts on the place of functional art in his own spaces.
What drew you to this piece?
Walter is a creative genius and an expert blacksmith. Those talents come through clearly in this piece: Walter takes an old wood rasp (i.e., a file) and magically transforms it into a small serpent. It's both functional and a conversation sculpture piece.
What memories or emotions does it elicit?
Every time I reach for the snake to open another craft beer, it puts a smile on my face. I think it makes the beer taste better, too!
How do you choose where you put art in your home?
The snake opener hangs openly and proudly in the kitchen. I want others to see it, and I want to see it.
Why is collecting art important?
My bent is function over form, but where you need a house tool, you will not find any joy from something from Wal-Mart.
What advice do you have for people looking to buy art for their homes?
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