Mr. Toolman

Submitted by Justin Deister

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Project

Client: Colorado Springs Community Ventures

Location: Colorado Springs, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team

Artist

Justin Deister

Industry Resource

various employees

Lowe's and Home Depot

Industry Resource

Rob

Quality Metal Fabricators

Overview

Mr. Toolman stands at 8' tall and has a comfortable stride of about 5'. He resembles a hand tool once used to straighten saw teeth but has since found its way into an antique store where his distant cousin inspired me by instantly making me think of a walking man.

Goals

The goal of this piece was to enliven a public space adjacent to a Community Arts Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I envisioned a larger than life figure that appeared to be walking among the people on the plaza area. Mr. Toolman was developed to suggest a dignified English gentleman out for a stroll. While enigmatic and a bit aloof, he manages to charm all who choose to stroll with him.

Process

The collaboration began with Mr. Toolman being selected by Colorado Springs Community Ventures and their Arts-on-the-Streets Program. Soon I had a steel fabricator cutting the two bases and a second fabricator welding to them a supporting steel armature. Next it was up to me to give him form with 24 cans of spray construction foam and 18 cans of Bondo fiberglass from my friends at Lowe's and Home Depot, then paint and UV protect him.