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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to view an art exhibit called Tools in Motion, Works from the Hechinger Collection at The Brevard Art Museum in Melbourne, Florida.  I caught the exhibit just as it was closing, and I’m glad I didn’t miss it.  Despite being small, it was very impressive.

Arman, School of Fishes, 1982

Works in the collection range from Stephen Hansen’s whimsical Man on a Limb to Arman’s incredible School of Fishes wall relief, which is fashioned completely from vice grips. 
The collection as a whole  includes over 400 pieces: paintings, sculpture, drawing and photography. Tools in Motion, features 47 works and has been exhibited around the country since 2005.  Another show in development is called The Cutting Edge, based on tools with a blade. 

Stephen Hansen, Man on a Limb, 1985

The art was collected originally by hardware store pioneer John Hechinger, Sr.  He wanted to decorate the company headquarters with art that would inspire his employees and celebrate their products.  The collection is now owned and managed by International Arts and Artists.  They say, “the collection celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works of beauty, surprise, and wit.”  I just thought the stuff was cool.

If you don’t catch it live, a catalogue is available that includes every piece of art. 

by John Barker





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