Fall 2005
Volume 2
Inside this issue:
Designing in cast metals
Southern Living Article
KGA Art Bench
Old Red Courthouse
Botanical Urn

Ever wonder how we do it? This issue is devoted to the art of custom casting. Starting with an idea and developing it into a three dimensional piece of metal is a fascinating and sometimes arduous journey. Follow as we look at a few examples and examine the requirements for "Designing in Cast Metals"...
Designing in cast metals
Every designer lives two lives. There is the "life of the mind" where a rarefied world of perfection exists. This is a world full of optimistic beauty with exacting relationships harmoniously arrayed for appreciation. Impossibly tight tolerances, knife edges and the thinnest of wall sections are combined with no visible fasteners, seams, or anchors. Nor is there any limitation of scale or detail. In "the life of the mind" anything imagined can and does exist to our absolute delight.

By W.W. Fuller - Read on...

Southern Living Article
One of the South's best loved magazines recently featured Robinson Iron in a bonus section of its August issue printed just for Alabama readers. In "Alabama People & Places" Nick Patterson interviews Scott Howell, Robinson's Vice President about the work we do and how and where we do it. The article titled "Metal Magic" appears with three other articles profiling businesses in the state. If you hurry- you may still be able to find one on the racks! And when in the state of Alabama and traveling through our area please call for a tour of our office and manufacturing facilities.

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KGA Art Bench
For nearly two decades, Robinson Iron has been privileged to work with renowned Houston based artist and designer Kelly Gale Amen. Over the years the company has faithfully produced Kelly's ever expanding KGA custom furniture line in bronze, iron and aluminum.

On May 12, 2005 Kelly was honored by the City of Houston, Texas and the Houston Municipal Art Commission with the donation by Peter and Alison Baumann of Los Angeles, California of his bronze KGA Art Bench to the City of Houston. The bench is available for public viewing at the Bob Lanier Public Works Building, 611 Walker, Houston, Texas.

All of the sales/design/fabrication teams at Robinson Iron congratulate Kelly Amen on his accomplishments and wish him continued success. For more information on KGA furniture and design, please visit www.kga.net.

KGA Art Bench Photo Gallery

Old Red Courthouse
Construction on Old Red Courthouse originally began in March of 1890. It was designed in the Richardson Romanesque style by M. A. Orlopp to serve the city of Dallas, Texas. By 1920 two prominent features of the structure (a bell tower and grand staircase) were removed. Through the years Old Red survived at least one attempt to demolish it and suffered countless remodelings. Eventually the original beautifully ornamented interior was hidden from view and appreciation.
Now through the efforts of civic groups such as the Friends of Old Red, the Dallas County Historical Commission, the Dallas Historical Society, and Judge Lee Jackson, the County Commissioners Court and the State of Texas plans for renovation have been put into action. James Pratt Architecture is the architectural firm guiding the project and Thomas S. Byrne Ltd. is the construction contractor. Robinson Iron is restoring the grand cast iron stair.
Old Red will find renewed purpose as the natural home to the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, a celebration of the dynamic story of Dallas County, expected to open in Spring 2006.

Photo Gallery

Botanical Urn
Robinson Iron builds fountains in cast iron, aluminum and bronze for residential, commercial and municipal use. From soaring 20-foot tall estate installations to smaller scaled residential fountains, Robinson Iron offers a variety of styles and finishes. Shown here is the four foot diameter Botanical Urn used to complement our five foot and seven foot Botanical Gardens fountains. It too can be used as a water feature. Turnkey packages available include delivery, plumbing and electrical components as well as installation, and maintenance.

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If you would like to assist in the recovery effort from Hurricane Katrina please contact the American Red Cross

800-HELP-NOW (435-7669) English
800-257-7575 Spanish.
www.redcross.org

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