Christopher Fennell

Christopher grew up in Florida doing construction work, then got an engineering degree from the University of South Florida and went to work for Motorola Inc. in robotics. A job with British Aerospace designing flight simulators in Tampa, Fla., followed, but Fennell said he got bored with using existing components to design things. He wanted to create from scratch. So he went back to school and earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia. One of his professors wanted him to tear down an old barn, which inspired Fennell to build his first colossal sculpture. "I saw the barn falling down, and then the idea came to build a wave," Fennell said. He built the barn "wave" in 2000 at the University of Georgia, then followed it by fusing 150 bicycles together to create a "tornado" in 2001. Using discarded objects to create sculpture has become his theme. He has built a baseball inspired arch out of 600 used baseball bats, a fireball out of 12 decommissioned fire ladders, a bus stop shelter out of old school buses and most recently a wave of 60 used aluminum canoes as a monument to Lewis and Clark. Currently he sculpts at Wade Sand and Gravel inspired by the history of Republic Steel Thomas. You can see his work at: or phone: 202.236.1217

Canoe Wave, Fennell, Steel Guitar