James Kitchen has been welding scrap metal for fifteen years at his home and studio in Chesterfield, Massachusetts. He continues to gain recognition in the world of fine arts and is eager for the day when he will be able to create his intriguing sculptures on a full time basis. In his large workshop behind his house, he spends his free time creating sculptures crafted from recycled objects made of iron and steel. “Old rusted tools and farm equipment are favorites of mine”, said Kitchen.
Kitchen shows a great passion for his art. Working a full time job of 50-70 hours a week, he spends the remainder of his free time welding in his unheated workshop. His art stems from an enthusiasm for history and a devotion to his local community. “I feel part historian and part archeologist, creating new life,” says Kitchen.
Listen to Monte Belmonte’s interview with James Kitchen and Heidi Nortonsmith.
View Brendon Holland’s video of the installation and press conference.
Monte Belmonte of Life with Monte speaks with James Kitchen in downtown Springfield. The James Kitchen Public Art Initiative currently consists of two exhibits in downtown Springfield with plans for new commissioned works which will incorporate recycled metals from Springfield neighborhoods and industry to depict Springfield’s history. We visit a show of 60 pieces at 1550 MAIN in Springfield and an outdoor walking tour of larger pieces placed in various locations in downtown Springfield. The Walking Tour features up to 32 large outdoor sculptures crafted with recycled metal installed throughout downtown Springfield.