Albert Paley has constructed beautiful monumental gates.
And much more. Free standing sculptural works, amazing fences,
architectural works etc. At his recent presentation at the SNAG
conference, the person introducing him mentioned that he is the
first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement
Award from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA?s highest
award to a non-architect. It’s not unusual for his pieces to be
several stories high, and some, I think, weigh in the hundreds of
tons. And yet his original training as a goldsmith and jeweler seems
always apparent in his attention to finish and exacting details. The
pieces, though enormous, can often be viewed aesthetically in quite
the same way as jewelry. Just jewelry for buildings and landscapes
and environmental spaces, rather than people…
Oh, and did I mention that some people think he walks on water?