sculpture or trash?

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  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    forge219.jpg Recently in my town, a bridge that had spanned the Mississippi River from Savanna Illinois to Sabula Iowa, was imploded when it's replacement was constructed. the bridge is from the 30s and has been known to me my whole life. Today I took my grandson for a walk along the river front and we found a piece that is clearly from the implosion. I recall it being painted silver, red and most recently blue. the red and blue are evident on the piece. What do you think? Am I reaching if I see a garden sculpter in this? Maybe with a blacksmith finish mouted on a 8x8 stained a complementary shade? any ideas welcome. It is about 20 inches and every bit of 35 pounds.

    here is the implosion for those who are curious.
     
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  2. cangooner

    cangooner New Member

    Before mounting it in the garden, I'd cut off a hunk and make something like a bottle opener or some other thing you'd use regularly as a reminder. Thanks for the vid: I could watch controlled demolition vids all day long. Especially (I hate to admit) the ones that go a bit sideways. :)
     
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  3. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    I agree. Something you can use from a piece of it, then the rest as a sculpture.
    I do know those rivets are a bear to get out. I had to cut out and replace some beams in a bridge that was old and was a rivet construction. It was definitely more of a task than bolted pieces would have been.
     
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  4. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    I’m with you guys in the thoughts here. Currently the entire piece has torn and twisted edges, evidence of where it came from. When you cut the piece of choose the spot very carefully so you can use that point as you mounting point so the removal is not obvious and it will leave all of the exposed eagles as original to the found piece.
    I love demolition too.
     
  5. 32t

    32t Member

    Looks like from the video that there might be a few more chunks laying about.....

    I think a sculpture would have a value to some one with a tie to the bridge like yourself.

    For myself the bridge has no value or history so it would be another chunk of maybe interesting twisted metal.
     
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  6. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    I have some friends who are iron workers and Pipe fitters. Brothers who have been given the task of building some sort of sculpture for the park just south of the bridge. I can get some small pieces from them to make a bottle opener. I am reluctant to remove anything from this piece as all the edges shaped by explosive. I'd hate to change that. 32, I'd agree, I bet there are pieces to be had from careful walking of the area.
     
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  7. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    I'd put it in a big display box, with a picture of the old bridge, and a short text.
    The piece itself, I'd leave exactly as is.
     
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  8. 32t

    32t Member

    I noticed that the bridge is on US 52 that comes through my area and I drive it or cross it almost daily. That look like an interesting route for a vacation.
     
  9. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    Yes, 32 it is on US52. the old bridge was in the movie Michael with John Travolta and William hurt. Also in an old movie with Robert Conrad where he takes over a military school which was filmed at the old site of Shimer College. Where are you at 32?
     
  10. 32t

    32t Member

    3 miles west of Randolph Tuttle.
     
  11. cangooner

    cangooner New Member

    You know you're well respected in a community when you become a geographical point of reference! :)
     
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  12. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    I’m 5,125 kilometres west of cangooner! I’m pretty sure I am west of most members.
     
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  13. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    Ah, almost to the arctic circle then
     
  14. Mike Blue

    Mike Blue Member

    Not quite. If you're 6 foot tall and have a milk crate to stand on you can see it from Randy's house.
     
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  15. 32t

    32t Member

    I am about a mile south from the 45th parallel.
     
  16. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    More or less at a place where the snow may or may not be higher than your head at some point during the year :)
     
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  17. Mike Blue

    Mike Blue Member

    And colder than Finland...
     
  18. 32t

    32t Member

    I haven't yet decided whether to drive to Stockholm to check my bees or go hunting/camping in Finland this next weekend. Hmmmm.

    Maybe I should go to Dave"s in Racine for the meet. It is only getting down to 41'f on Saturday morning!
     
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  20. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    wow. hard to picture our us52 turning into a 6 lane highway.
     

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