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Capturing Color

Issue: August, 2015, Page 152

A local artist fashions steel and glass into desert-inspired art

It started with a welding class at Mesa Community College in 2011 and a love of color that propelled Nancy McIntosh into the world of a full-time artist. Taking inspiration from shapes and tones of the desert, the Scottsdale resident produces one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor pieces using combinations of steel, glass, stone and wood. Her works can be found in multiple Valley homes, businesses and public spaces.

“When I moved here in 2006 from Connecticut, I noticed all these wonderful steel screens covering utility areas and it occurred to me that I could make some-thing like that,” McIntosh recalls. “My college degree is in interior design, but I had been applying my design skills to creating product while working in marketing and product development. Designing art came from the desire to work with my hands and make something myself instead of having others make it for me.”

The 80-inch-high steel and glass sculpture pictured here resides at a home in Chandler and consists of three spires that are attached to a metal base. Each spire is filled with colored mosaic glass, allowing sunlight or landscape lighting to shine through.

“In Arizona, we spend so much time outside that it’s a piece that looks good day and night,” says McIntosh. “The colors are bright and varied, which I chose in order to create a palette that would look great in summer and winter.” And even on the windiest of monsoon days, the sculpture is heavy enough that it won’t tip over.
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