Doug Adam’s sculptures have won acclaim in homes and business and most recently he took top honors in the Sears Invitational for His work titled “Solamere.” Another of Dougs bells, “Palisades,” was featured in the USU Performance hall autumn voices concert in conjunction with The Choir singing Beautiful Songs.
In November of 1980, as a young man seeking fortune, Doug started working for a large steel mill. Doug was entranced by the process of taking recycled scrap metal from its simple form and making a new useable product. From the 65 ton electric arc furnaces Spewing out molten steel into a large Ladle to the continuous caster where a billet of steel weighing 1.5 tons is cut into 25’ lengths in preparation for reheating and rolling into a bar of angle, flat, rounds, rebar or any of Dozens of marketable shapes. The work is Hot, Dirty and often times dangerous to perform as Doug’s Body can attest. Now after 29 years Doug’s passion for creating unique one of a kind Metal sculptures using many of the same techniques and processes he has become so familiar with in the industry, are now made manifest in his Artistic endeavors. Making a sculpture out of old found objects and persuading it to succumb to the tools and the will of the artists hands is the challenge that Doug has thrived on in his work. Items that might end up in junkyards or farmers backyards are all potential art objects in waiting.
In many Asian cultures the combination of stone & steel is considered (ZEN) or good fortune. That is why you see the stones so prominently displayed in his beautiful work. From Contemporary tabletop and freestanding abstract sculptures, to his beautiful signature garden bells with their unusual and eye catching designs. Doug’s work is truly one of a kind. Doug resides in Northern Utah.
Care and maintenance
Doug's work is created from recycled steel many pieces of which have dissimilar characteristics, as such the acid etching process that Doug uses to give his work that distinctive bronze patina will react differently each time.
Each piece has been carefully given a high gloss finish which if left to the ravages of nature your sculpture will evolve and darken losing its luster but never its structural integrity, in coastal regions near the ocean with the high salt& humidity your sculpture will lose its luster more rapidly.
Many of Doug's former clients prefer to let it evolve naturally.
About 80% of Doug's sculptures are displayed inside and they will continue to look much as they did on the day of purchase indefinitely.
For those whose prefer to display their sculptured bell outside a annual soap and water cleaning and touch up with a high gloss clear coat(Krylon) in a spray can will prolong the finish of your sculptured Bell.