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Images in metal

by Jonni Hill

Rick Rosaschi’s latest creation, a metal sculpture of a buffalo, was put in an appropriate place, at the Buffaloe residence on Candy Dance Lane in Genoa.

The 5-foot by 5 1/2-foot, 1/4-inch thick steel cut-work image will reside in the front yard, within view of Foothill Road for all passersby to enjoy.

“I had spent a lot of time in New Mexico and I admired punched cut-work in the tin artwork of the area,” the Carson Valley-based artist, Rosaschi, said. “I just decided to amp up the concept and take it to a new level.”

Rosaschi’s intricate cut-work adds details and dimension, unusual in other metal art works. This was a commissioned piece for Rosaschi who designed and created the piece for the Genoan art collectors.

“They are wonderful clients – now friends,” Rosaschi said. “We are going to let the patina (on the piece) be rust.”

Rosaschi is always coming up with new ideas for his art.

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“I am currently working on a large peacock which I think will be nice as a gate or a headboard, or as a very large picture window, and also an eagle, a swarm of barn swallows and other flora and fauna motifs which reflect our surroundings. I also am working on some strange, modern designs that I am just as passionate about,” Rosaschi said.

Another design on his drawing board is a dragonfly. Still in the planning stages, there will be a lot of construction thought and attention to detail, working in negative space to create a piece that, when completed, Rosaschi said, will take his work to a higher level.

“The dragonfly is soon to be cut, as soon as I work out a few structural details. I’ll use a plasma or laser to get the fine detail,” he said.

“I like to look at the drawings for a while to see if the thing is really worth spending time on, as metal is unforgiving in terms of its limits. I am trying to push limits and use all the most modern technology to do so.”

To contact Rick Rosaschi, call 267-7564.