Lutz Art Design
I am an abstract wood artist and sculptor. I enjoy the specific challenge of transforming an old and discarded material such as reclaimed redwood into contemporary sculptures and fine art. I yearn to give the wood a new life and I hope my sculptures and wall art inspire people to find a new awareness, purpose and joy in their own life.
Materials & Ingredients
My artwork is made from reclaimed redwood fence boards that are often discarded. The majority of my work is finished with natural wood oils such as VOC free Linseed Oil.
Packaging & Delivery
Most of my collectors are locally based, and I skip the packaging and just deliver my sculptures in person, using re-usable blankets etc. for transportation. Only a small percentage of my work gets shipped and requires traditional packaging with cardboard boxes, etc.
Quality & Value
I make my art with the goal to last for a long time – 10, 50, or 100 years. Since it does not get “used” in a traditional way and the materials (wood) are long-lasting, there is not really a time limit. In case it gets damaged during transportation, I can repair it and apply a new oil finish.
First of all, I use reclaimed wood that is being discarded as the main material for my sculptures. Secondly, I try to use almost 100% of the wood I find – large wood boards are the basis for large sculptures. The smaller cut-off pieces often inspire me to come up with new artwork ideas. I laminate the small pieces into bigger wood blocks that I carve as a whole piece. Sometimes, I even use the sawdust and mix it with glue to fill holes and imperfections in the wood.
Local Supply Chains
All my wood is sourced locally from the Bay Area, either from individuals or contractors that replace old fences with new ones. More and more people who know my work are also contacting me and letting me know when an old fence is being replaced.
All my work is unique and made by hand, with the use of both, hand and power tools. My goal is to keep the “energy footprint” as low as possible.
Goals & Aspirations
With my art practice based on discarded wood, I aspire to set an example that sustainability and re-use of material is not just a necessity, but a beautiful and inspiring part of our existence and future. Old wood and other “old and used” materials have often more character and beauty inside than new things – you just have to look for it.
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