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Metro Public Art Collection: Tool Fire

Artist: Christopher Fennell
Location: Shelby Bottoms

Tool Fire (public art)

Referencing the tremendous clean-up efforts by the community and volunteers, Fennell’s sculpture, entitled Tool Fire, is a construction of hand tools over the existing fire pit next to the suspension bridge. Each panel is built from tools welded together and painted black. Fennell intends the artwork to look like “waves within the fire.”

Fennell was inspired by the stories he heard from the community about neighbors pitching in to clear houses of wet drywall and carpet. They would use any hand tools they could find and would leave them piled up in the streets for the next volunteer crew to use.

Artwork: 12’ h x 10’ w, 7’ diameter base; welded metal hand tools, metal pipe, paint