He has been at this for a while. Stromeyer earned a studio art degree from Dartmouth College before heading to Boston, in the 1970s, to work as a filmmaker. He also worked as a freelance photographer for local museums. Inspired by the works of David Smith and Mark Di Suvero, he began to experiment with steel, at one point lifting a 3-ton boulder into the air and dropping it on a piece. He takes pride in the fact that he creates his art, from the twisting of the metal to the sandblasting and painting.
“It sounds really simple, but you don’t grab one end and turn it in the way you intuitively might think,” he said. “[Each piece has] to be built incrementally, every inch, bending it in multiple directions at once. I spent two months building jigs for the hydraulic press to create those forms. And each twist is different.”
By the second day in Concord, his four works were in place.
Wedge, the center’s executive director, said he has high hopes for Strohmeyer’s work. He wants it to bring more attention to Emerson Umbrella. He also hopes it will spark more interest in outdoor sculpture in Concord.
“My hope is that because people fall in love with this, we might be able to expand the public art throughout town,” said Wedge.
Geoff Edgers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.