For five months, Mark fabricated his sculpture in our MIG Welding studio. The piece is primarily made up of scrap metal, and the leaves were created using materials from a previous project. “It was super great to recycle and repurpose metal for almost all of it. I was very happy with it.”
To decorate some parts of the sculpture, including the heart and the feet, Mark applied a flame carving technique using an oxy-acetylene torch. “You start with a sloppy cut, and when the metal is thick, you can’t help but create ridges. I intentionally wiggle around to give it a good texture.”
After the final applications of color, The Milkweed King, weighing approximately 750 pounds and measuring about 6 feet tall, was shipped 2,500 miles to its new home in Northwest Florida. Visitors to the park can download an app to hear Mark explain the story behind the piece and hear artistic inspiration from all of the participating artists.