Art Project – Cafe Wire Sculpture

I finally finished this wire sculpture for a restaurant here in Portland. It’s based off the logo that I designed for them. If you’re ever in Portland, it will soon be hanging in the Daily Cafe in the Pearl. (It’s an awesome cafe by the way.)

And of course these days I can’t resist turning everything into a toy. I’ve already started making a tiny play kitchen set based off of some of utensils from the sign. The kids have been doing tons of cooking lately, both play and imaginary. Nice!


  1. Patricia Ágreda Ferrán
    December 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I love it, Joel!

  2. December 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Oh, Portland. I miss you. Great work, Joel!

  3. December 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

    This is oh so very clever - great work!

  4. December 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

    What a creative and beautiful idea !

  5. December 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I bet they love it! It is so fabulous. Can't wait to see the inspired toys from it.

  6. December 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks everyone! It was really fun to make!

  7. Jackie
    December 5, 2012 at 12:19 am

    That is awesome! xo

  8. December 5, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Wow, great work! :)

  9. Lisa
    January 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

    As a restaurant owner in Canada who loves your colouring pages for our kids area I am jealous! That is beautiful! Is it one continuous piece of wire?

    1. January 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks! It's about 3 very long pieces of wire. I attached them all with bending though. No welding. It was a fun project!

  10. Laura Jones
    October 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Talk about a sense of line! Such animation! What kind of wire do you use? I am having a hard time sourcing anything larger than 18.

  11. October 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks Laura. Too kind! Yeah, this wire was salvaged by my wife's grandpa. I think he said it's used to hang heating ducts in the ceilings of grocery stores. I've never seen any in hardware stores, but haven't really looked. The pieces are about 8 or 10 feet in length, and it bends pretty easily. It must have a mixture of aluminum and steel, but that's just a guess. Anyway, if you're ever in Portland, I'd be happy to give you some for free. He gave me lots of it. Maybe you could find it in a building supply store though.

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