Associated Watch & Jewelers, Tampa, Fl
Strength in Numbers
Initially fabricated for the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival of 2005, which is where the name stems from. He now rests at top of the Associated Watch and Jewelry store, guarding it’s precious treasures. He is made of mirrored stainless steel sheet metal.
Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Bolt the Hockey Player
Standing approximately 8 feet tall, Bolt is made of various found objects ranging from used car parts to kitchenware. Make sure to snag your photo with this celebrity by the VIP Entrance!
Epicurean Hotel, Tampa, FL
Spork and Foon
Spork the cat, and Foon the dog can be found chasing one another around in the main lobby of the Epicurean Hotel. Each is made primarily of stainless steel cutlery, representative of their names.
Tampa Veterinary Hospital, Tampa, FL
Shaggy and Scooby
Made of various found objects. The dog is catching a frisbee in his mouth, while the cat is playing with a butterfly.
Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL
Rustic and Steel
Made of A LOT of various found metal objects, these two stand over 10’ tall. A little history about their names: for those who are unaware Busch Gardens does not allow for any vendors or sub-contractors to
advertise inside their Theme Park. Therefore, we found a clever way for Rustic Steel to display its name - we placed collars and tags around the
dog’s neck that says “Rustic” and the cats says “Steel”.
Eagle Metals Recycling, Tampa, FL
Reagle’s wingspan is 20 feet wide and ready to take flight at any time. Enforcing the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. All you litter bugs better watch out! The sculpture was replicated from a 2 foot wide bronze eagle statue and is made of Harley Davidson motorcycle heat shields, with its beak and talons made of bronze.
Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL
Heisman the FB Player
This sculpture was originally built for the 2009 Superbowl XLIII held in Tampa Bay, where he served as a prop for the halftime show. It was later purchased by Hillsborough High School and now sits at the front entrance of the school’s football field.
Forever Home: Bloomington, IN
Hank the Bison
Hank is made of various found objects, including lots of memorabilia from Indiana University. Unfortunately, he caught the Coronavirus and has to stay put, quarantining in Tampa, FL until he can be safely transported to his forever home in Bloomington, IN. Keep your fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!
Various Locations, USA
Made of Harley Davidson motorcycle parts, each chicken is uniquely hand crafted, no two are alike. The only thing each share are the primary colors painted on the chest, combs and tailfeathers.
Hyde Park, Tampa, FL
Made for Pineywoods Realty as a life-sized version of their famous bull logo, the sculpture is made of various found metal objects.
Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL
Made of aluminum tubing and laser cut aluminum sheet metal. The base of the globe is motorized, allowing it to spin like Planet Earth. It can be found in local celebrity John Moll’s front yard.
Big Hug Boy
This sculpture was done in collaboration with the artist Romero Britto who conceptualized the project. Rustic Steel was responsible for assembling the Big Hug Boy, and the sculpture was later transported and painted by Artist Jean Claude De L Herbe that goes by Artyek in Miami.
Tampa Bay, FL & Dallas, TX Airport
RS Signature Heart
These hearts are one of our signature designs. They can be found in various locations around Tampa Bay, one is at Dallas International Airport and it is also the main design we chose for the COVID-19 Hero Awards.
Trinity School for Children, Tampa, FL
Trinity School Tornado
When Madeline O’Dea brought her vision for a children’s school to Tampa utilizing the same concepts and practices used in the Bank Street School for Children in New York we knew we wanted to get involved. The entrance to the school was built to house a 20’ wide x 20’ tall tornado in its rotunda that the children walk under on their way into school every day. The goal was to create an environment of learning where children could take an active role in the creation of their knowledge, interact and learn from each other, find satisfaction in their accomplishments and develop creative expression.
The Ugly Grouper Restaurant, Anna Maria Island, FL
The Big Ugly Grouper
Weighing in at 3,180 pounds and measuring 20 feet long, 14 feet tall and 10 feet wide, they truly have a BIG Ugly Grouper on Anna Maria Island! The sculpture was made from components of used cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and various found objects. The creation of the Ugly Grouper all started with the vision of the chrome teeth; some over here and some over there. The exact pieces for the teeth, a chrome GMC truck bumper, is all that was needed as the primary inspiration. The huge bug eyes speak for themselves as an inspiration from Finding Nemo, eyelids composed of Harley Davidson fenders, and motorcycle rotors are what make up the fins. The remainder are various found objects and what most individuals will be able to identify immediately and will relate to.
Vizcaya Restaurant, Tampa, FL
Vizcaya Bull Head
Made of stainless steel cutlery with bronze horns, the bull head was the focal point of the Vizcaya restaurant bar. The bull head is representative of the Spanish culture, with the restaurant serving tapas and Tempranillo wine. Currently it is being transferred to the restaurants second location that will be opening soon.
Rustic Steel, Tampa, FL
The Wounded Warrior
Done in collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project, these two soldiers are made of various metal objects ranging from used kitchen appliances to car and motorcycle parts. The pair is located in front of our studio, but also travel between different events that honor our military forces, veterans, and various social initiatives.
We honor and thank all the men and women that have fought for our country.