Wire People Here’s Sean Brady started making wire figures back in the 90’s in Portland, Oregon. Now based in NEPA, you can see his wire sculpture installations climbing the side of the Casey Laundry Building, in The Steamtown Mall and on Montage Mountain. We are really excited to have him as a first-timer at Arts on the Square.
How and where did Wire People Here get its start?
I started twisting wire in Portland Oregon in 1998. I was working at a greenhouse and while waiting for a plant delivery, I twisted some wire hangers that were lying around. My wife took the wire person I made to her office and some of her co-workers asked where they could get one. I started selling them at the Portland Saturday Market and continued to sell there until we moved back east in 2005.
Do you have a line of figures that you make regularly?
I do have a line of figures I make regularly. They are the smallest figures and include my magnet climbers, sky divers, pen holders, dogs, and kayakers.
We’ve seen your work on the side of the Casey Laundry Building. Are you involved in a lot of public art installation?
I have done about 9 public installations in the Scranton and Wilkes Barre area and one in Ocean City, NJ. In Scranton, I have the 2 figures you mentioned, 2 pieces in Steamtown Mall, and a large skier at Montage Mountain. In Wilkes Barre, there are two people and a large sun on a building on Market St in Wilkes-Barre, 2 rappellers on the side of Marquis Art and Frame, and a beehive in Public Square. I also made several figures along Main Street in Pittston, and I am in the middle of an installation on route 11 in Plymouth.
Do you do custom work as well?
I do take custom orders in all sizes.
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