Bart Soutendijk Custom wire art and steel-rod wall murals

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About the Art

 

Bart makes wire line-drawings – the process of creating an image out of one or a few strands of metal.  Many of his drawings are used as guides for his larger-than-life steel-rod wall murals.

 

All of the murals are custom-designed, one-of-a-kind projects. Most are made out of 5/32nd inch diameter steel rod because Bart can bend and twist up to that thickness of steel by hand.

 

His works have been purchased by collectors all over the world.

 

 Large Steel Wall Murals have scale enough to suit a large wall without dominating the room. The sculptures don’t appear to be added to a wall to enhance its appeal – like a painting or photo in a frame. They are part of the wall.


 

wire wall mural of dogs
Bart with Wire Wall Mural of dogs at the TVAA gallery, Dallas, TX

wire wall art for brick hour grill restaurand of horse racing
Wire Wall Art for Brick House Restaurant, Hot Springs, AR

wire wall sculpture of runners

Wire Wall Murals of Runners for Little Rock AR Convention Center

 

Bart's wall murals are inexpensive. Wire wall art is a way to get nice big art on your wall without paying a big price.

 

The Murals are resistant to moisture and sun damage. Framed prints, photos, and oil paintings can get moldy in wet locations like shower areas, over hot tubs, and around indoor swimming pools. The mold collects behind them where the air is warm, wet, and stagnant. Steel-rod sculptures are mounted about a half inch away from the wall so air moves freely around and through the illustration. There are no spaces where mold can develop because the art is mounted directly to the wall – not to a board or canvas. The art is powder coated with a mold resistant material.

 

Shipping is usually less expensive. Larger wall murals are almost always made out of a number of components that can be packed in a smaller carton and shipped to anywhere in the world for a fraction of what it would cost to ship the sculpture in one piece.

 

It’s “green Art.” When compared to other large works of art the wall sculptures leave a very small carbon footprint. The material is grade 40 recycled 5/32nd-inch diameter steel rod. The same material used to make rebar. It’s soft and bendable. It has very little carbon in it. It is made from recycled automobiles, appliances and construction materials in low-sulfur crude-oil burning furnaces using about 60% less energy than steel made from mined iron ore. Very little of the recycled steel is used in the mural. The sculptures are mostly space. Less than 2% of most pieces is metal. No wood is used. The sculptures are not mounted on canvas or paper or plywood and they don’t require a frame.
The sculptures are painted using a powder-coating process that utilizes only the magnetized pigment that adheres to the steel. No solvents. No wasteful over-spray. Very little pigment is used because the sculptures are made with very little metal. The pigment is UV resistant reducing the need for future repainting.
The sculptures are very light. Shipping takes less energy. Packaging is less intensive and only recycled corrugated cardboard is used that can be recycled again.

 

Because the murals are made of a number of individual characters that can be spaced further apart or closer together, they can fit better in the space. The mural can also be spaced to accommodate other elements like aTV set or window.

Paint color can be matched to fit the interior design of the space, and, should it change, sculptures are easily repainted.

 

Wire makes an illustration whimsical. The same drawing made with a pencil on a sketch pad becomes a playful experience – even funny – when traced with steel rod.

 

Sculptures are very light. Easy to install. They can often be balanced on a single finishing nail temporarily and can be permanently installed in minutes by two people – one standing back, directing the other, who can hold the piece with one hand while marking for mounting anchors with the other.
The sculptures are permanently installed on small loops – usually three or four per character. Wall murals made for public areas like hotels, convention centers, or hospital waiting rooms may have more mounting loops to discourage vandalism. The art is mounted to the wall on wall anchors or wood screws. The loops hold the illustration about an inch away from the wall.

 

Sculptures are custom designed and built to fit customer requirements. Most projects are shipped within three weeks of the template drawing approval.

 

 

Wire Wall Art at the Leslie Gallery, Galveston, TX
Wire Wall Ar at the Leslie Gallery, Galveston, TX

wire mural of girl in bath tub
Seated Nude - one of six pieces done for the luxury suites of Hotel Le Mas Candille in Mougins
a four-star hotel on the French Riviera.

wire wall mural of boys in a group
One of a group of Wire Wall Murals for Texas Tech University Hospital

wire wall art of outdoor porch wall
Wire Wall Mural on outdoor porch

wire wall art of conductors for Clampitt Paper in Dallas TX
Wire Wall Art of conductors for Clampitt Paper Company, Dallas, TX

wire wall art of jazz nusicians for Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN
Wire Wall Artf of jazz musicians for the Peabody Hotel on Beal Street , Memthis, TN


 

Commercial and Residential Art

Convention Centers
Corporate
Golf Clubs
Hospital
Hotel
Residence
Restaurant
Schools

Custom made Sculptures

6 examples of wire murals made to customer specifications and suggestions.

Store

A few examples of wire wall art for sale through the Quitman, TX store.

 

 

Museum and Gallery Shows

Irving Arts Center
Armory Arts Center
Blue Moon Art Gallery
Clampitt Creative Center
Coos Museum
San Francisco Cow Palace
Ellen Noel Museum
Masur Museum
Palestine Museum

Story Collage

9 examples of groupings of wire wall art that convey a story or idea.

Free Standing Sculpture

Examples of free standing table top wire art

About the Art

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