Elevate Your Home & Garden
It's metal art, it's light art, it's neon, it's sculpture, it's light art, it's I'm not sure what it is? Like many, I too am unsure what to call this style of work or what category it falls into and in many ways that's best part. My work is a mystery still unfolding to me and the places it has taken me so far gives me confidence that it is indeed something very unique and intriguing.
Delivery & Install
Have an idea? Putnam would love to hear from you. Whether it's something bigger, smaller, or something else entirely he can make it a reality. Got a space that you want a piece built exactly for? He can do that too!
All boxes are either welded by Putnam or under his direct supervision in his studio in Forest Acres, SC. Most are 10-14 gauge cold rolled steel weighing in at 75-125lbs for a 3x2x1ft standard. Permanence is a desirable feature in art and especially for outdoor art like this. Anyone who does purchase a design will have Putnam on call for repairs or updates. He knows the best way to promote his art is to make sure his existing works 'out in the field" as he calls it are taken care of.
Putnam is continuously on the move. He is in the Southwest on average 3-4 times a year and south to Miami intermittently and everywhere in between. If it's a small design shipping is available for around 300-400 dollars across the U.S. but if it is a large custom design he will personally bring it and install it. "I owe everything about this type of art to the landscape of West Texas. It's people and land will forever be in my debt. Without travel my art is stagnate at best. " - Putnam
It's All About The Light
Metalworks represented from Coconut Grove, Miami to Terlingua, Texas and everywhere between.
Far West Texas & The Inspiration
As I left Austin, Texas and entered into the hill country west Austin I found a land of dusty remoteness, a land of ranches, a land full of rusted steel stuck in a purgatory of corrosion. Everywhere you looked there was a rusted metal fence, a rusted metal gate, a rusted water tower, if it had iron in it, it was rusty. But none of it looked to be in a state of ill-repair, that’s just the way it looks out there.
So, there I am, on a 500-mile road trip through the loneliest, rusty, dusty, yet entrancing, landscape I’ve ever seen and as I entered the high desert near the border, I knew I had to find a way to break that landscape. Now, keep in mind this is right around the time of the monolith craze out in Utah and I had that on my mind, but knew I had to do something different. What I came up with is what you see with my monolith. Its pop of intense color cuts through the landscape like a hot knife through butter, it’s neon without the neon, it’s the sun without the heat, and when I first turned it on and saw it at night, I knew I’d done something really special, something an artist dreams of doing. Finally making a piece of art that creatively defines you and your abilities.
As an artist there are many times that I find myself saying “it looks better in person” or “that picture doesn’t capture the full color of a piece” and I mean that. The Monolith is no different and is in the extreme of this condition. I don’t believe there is any real way for me to capture the glow from these in a photo that truly translates what it’s like to sit in front of one of these as the sun begins to set and they begin to come alive. In short, there are those who don’t understand the monolith, and then there are those who have seen it at night.