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Painting with Fire - Jun 4, 2012

by guest blogger: the flying pig

Green Bay native Jeff Greening has been working with metal since he was eighteen. Twenty four years later, Jeff continues his career in stainless steel specialty work. His artistic creations, such as the Vase of Flowers, grace many private and public gardens. He is an avid supporter of The Einstein Project, donating a stainless steel sculpture each year. Greening also worked on the Twin Tower Monument at the Neville Museum in Green Bay. His creative inspiration has been his uncle David Calhoun, also an artist and owner of Swanstone Gardens.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Caylor Photography

The Vase of Flowers is just over 20' tall and weighs approximately 2,000 pounds. The flowers are made of eighteen gauge stainless steel with steel rod as their stems and the base is made of carbon steel.  After coloring the flowers with heat, Jeff uses a grinder to apply the brush strokes that you see on the flower petals. He used tig welding, the cleanest weld you can achieve, on the flowers.  Greening has developed a talent for applying the precise amount of heat in the right amount of time on certain steel thicknesses to form his own controllable color palette.

"All the years of polishing all the cool colors off from welding stainless steel inspired me to develop a color palette for coloring stainless that I call painting with fire."

The sculpture is currently on display at Green Bay Botanical Garden. It's not a permanent piece at the Garden, so be sure to stop by and see it soon!

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