Each week, artist Linus Coraggio highlights one of his pieces—offering insight into the origins, inspirations, and aesthetic intentions behind the artwork. You can find The Weld of the Week here, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

November 6 2014 Weld of the Week #8

2B Man (1991)

2B Man (1991) - figurative sculpture by Linus CoraggioThe figure itself is flame-cut steel and welded scrap metal, and stands on a circular pine wood base. Its conception stems from my interest in Candomblé—the Brazilian form of voodoo—and my wish at the time I made it to put some mojo out there to extend the length of my month-to-month lease on my amazing cheap studio in a former gas station on NYC's Lower East Side another 5 years. That is why the figure holds a number 5.

I guess it worked as I was able to keep the studio another 10 years!

(photo credit: Kelly Irwin)

—Linus Coraggio

October 5 2014 Weld of the Week #4

City Dog (1993)

City Dog (1993) - figurative sculpture by Linus CoraggioI had a dog growing up in NYC as a kid and I started to think of the city through a dog’s perspective—which inspired this piece. The dog here is cast lead but with some random bits of steel dropped into the cast as it was drying, making for a rough ornament and patina on the dog’s sides—a metaphor for the edgy streets on which it walks. The entire dog is stuck in kind of a cage made from part of a supermarket cart, which acts as another metaphor—of pressure and containment. The city dog is not so happy but is wise.

—Linus Coraggio

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