Created in 2003
Material is powder-coated steel
Of his work, Petrakovitz writes that he creates welded forms that intersect and create positive and negative spaces that interact with the environment. Botanical Forms is constructed by welding the elements together with a powder-coated finish.
Petrakovitz also has works in public exhibits at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Fuerst Park in Novi, and in Chelsea, Michigan.
He writes, “Growing up in Detroit I developed an interest in early industrial forms and have tried to humanize the technology in our lives by making sculptures suggestive of industrybut softened with figurative gestures.
“I have been producing art works for the past thirty plus years from a variety of materials; clay, wood, stone, bronzeandsteel. Some of my pieces have been functional in nature such as ceramic vessels and furniture. My main focus recently has been on fabricating objects of cut and hammered sheet steel or bronze, then welded into three-dimensional forms. I frequently combine forms of different materials for variety and impact. Sometimes these forms are found objects like old wheels and plow disks that already have my favorite patina…rust.
“Although I do cast some pieces in bronze and finish them with traditional patinas, the steel pieces are either encouraged to oxidize or painted with acrylics and sealed with a urethane finish.”
Petrakovitz studied at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies. Botanical Forms is one of three Petrakovitz sculptures currently on display in the Walk of Art - the others are Blue Sculpture and Blue Sculpture with Yellow Ring.
82” high, 36” wide, 36” deep
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