Scrap is Beautiful - the view from Stuart's eye

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Stuart B. Padnos (1922-2012) married his two passions by using his artistic eye to create sculptural pieces from scrap materials. Stuart’s uncanny ability to walk through our operations and visualize scrap transformed into sculpture is celebrated with 7 of his most recognizable pieces re-created by Stuart’s collaborator Juan Luna. Juan took Stuart’s visions (sometimes no more than a drawing on a napkin) and turned them into the striking pieces of art throughout West Michigan including the PADNOS facilities in Holland. Stuart’s vision beautifies the landscape and makes people smile. Scrap is Beautiful contains portrayals of Stuart and several of his pieces. The idea for the band came when a customer sent band instruments to be recycled for the brass. Zeebra Power was originally created from a shaft from a power plant. Stuart saw flowers in the scrap from heavy forging operations and a mobile in metal lying on the ground. We miss Stuart and celebrate his life with this entry.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 15'
  • Medium: Sculpture using recycled material
  • Width: 12'
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 8'