More than 30 years ago Joe Bologna, a successful San Francisco Bay Area architect, added “sculptor” to his resume. Ever since he was a kid growing up in the Motor City (Detroit, Mich.), art, especially the three-dimensional kind, had lit up his brain like a Christmas tree. Naturally, the two disciplines — art and architecture — complemented each other.
Joe started welding steel when he turned an old car frame, boxcar springs and pipe column remnants into a 10-foot by 12-foot garden arbor. In 1990 his first piece of public art, “Camel Filters,” was exhibited at city hall in Walnut Creek, Calif., and recognized the city council’s pioneering vote to ban indoor smoking at restaurants.
Joe is now a professional artist and the proud owner of a large scrap pile of metal from which he plucks pieces he turns into sculptures. He likes metal and he likes making sculpture that might prompt delighted smiles from his viewers.