Catch of the Day

Joseph Farkas's avatar Joseph Farkas

This giant fish was created from rusty metal recovered from farm implements, machinery, & tractors - the leftovers of Michigan's bygone industry. My children will never know what it was like to see MI in the 70s and 80s when my friends' parents had steady jobs with places like General Motors, Grand Trunk, Kellogg's, Post & many other factories. My dad worked at Kellogg's as a welder for over 30 years. He is the one who taught me top level stick & tig welding. In the end, breathing toxic fumes almost cost him his life when he developed lung cancer. His retirement was stolen away by the crashes in the 1990's. I watched as the factory he helped to construct & maintain was torn down right after he retired. As a young artist, I decided I would never give so much for a giant corporation, but I would use welding for the pure passion of art. My dad is an avid fisherman and so I dedicate this fish to him. This one's a keeper!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 feet
  • Medium: metal
  • Width: 13 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 30 inches