It’s true. Some people see visions in toast, or clouds, or knotty pines. But our customers, they see visions in aluminum plates! And, it’s not just aluminum plate that brings forth the oracular insights. We see it every day in steel, copper, brass, tubes, bars and more!
What we’re talking about here is, of course, the vision that it takes to get from a raw piece of material to a formed object that is useful or beautiful, or both. When looking at an aluminum plate, different people are going to see various things. One guy might see a moderately shiny piece of thin metal that has no visible purpose. While another guy might see a future storage tank, or an inspirational work of art.
We have the opportunity to share the visions of many OLMers who craft our materials into new inventions. This New Year we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the vision and discovery available to all of us from unexpected sources. And we hope to offer you a bit of inspiration to think about what you may want to create in 2015.
One of the customers we would like to celebrate is artist Allard van Hoorn. Allard is a performance, sound and installation artist who works with architecture, music, theater and design to install exhibitions in public spaces. His work is on display at events and locations around the world!
The samples of Allard’s work included here are pieces he created from aluminum plate. (Although we have no idea how he did this!) These works are one more idea of what a simple, plain aluminum plate can become in the world when someone has a vision and inspiration to transform the environment that shows-up to us!
So, what’s your aluminum plate inspiration going to be? What seemingly unformed object will show you a colorful quilt of possibility and ideas? There’s no wrong answer, so get out there and start looking! Happy New Year and best wishes for an inspirational and productive 2015 full of new explorations and discoveries!
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
To learn more about artist Allard van Hoorn and upcoming installation works, visit the artist’s web site.