says expressing himself in metal is natural.
canít remember a time when he wasnít around metal. Following his
father into the scrap iron business, Edelman, who lives in the
Milwaukee area, later became successful in the steel industry in
Chicago, Cleveland and Gary, Ind. At the age of 58, he decided to
venture onto a different ore-laden path ó steel sculpture.
always been interested in the arts," Edelman says. "Writing
and working with my hands, expressing myself in metal was
natural." Edelman is also a published poet, and founded Hovey
Street Press in Cambridge, Mass., while majoring in engineering and
philosophy at MIT.
prodigiously applied his craft during the past eight years, producing
nearly 250 sculptures in his studio. Many of his pieces are on display
in the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee.
is a 14-foot sculpture located at Erie Street Plaza. "Little
Dancer, Aged Fourteen," an 18-foot rendition of Degasí classic
creation, has been installed at the corner of Erie and Jefferson
streets in Gaslight Park.
prefers working on large-scale pieces, his vision and creativity are
also apparent in his smaller sculptures.
French artist Degas is his inspiration in bronze. American David Smith
is his muse in steel and stainless steel. "My goal is to reach
people through more public installations and commissions,"
Edelman says, "ultimately moving beyond Milwaukee."
The Third Wardís
Catalano Park had hosted a 6-foot rendition of "Earth," a
piece from his Earth, Wind, Fire and Water series in stainless steel.
That sculpture, was recently replaced by "New Pink Planet"
at a 10-foot scale, honoring NASAís recent discovery of a
working on an ambitious new project called "Three Dancers,"
which will be installed in the Third Ward this spring. Itís just one
of the many projects that are always in the pipeline for this busy
artist. "Iím happy when Iím working directly with the
material and creating work," he says. "Thatís my passion.
I am always working. It really is a labor of love and commitment to be
enjoyed by all who view my art."