Steel Grates in Style



Window Grilles, 2005:

steel, 20.75″ H x 20″ W x .25″ D

Private Collection

This pair of window grates was created from a sheet of scrap steel left over after a factory cut blanks for what might have been rotating blades for a mower. I included a larger image of a single grate because I feel the design reads very differently as a standalone piece. There’s kind of a Charles Rennie Mackintosh feel to these, but I like how they also remind me of an exposed rib cage.


Security Grate, Café Jumping Bean, 1999:
steel, 14″ H x 11″ W x 1″ D


Café Jumping Bean in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago is my all time favorite place to get coffee. Their house blend is the best coffee I’ve ever had (food’s great too). This grate covers a small ground floor window on the front of the building. I don’t get to visit the Bean as often as I used to so it’s nice to have something I made holding my place there.



Abstract Grate, 2006:

steel, 12″ H x 14″ W x 2″ D

This was just a small experiment in using the scraps left over from cutting the Great Bowl O’ Fire™ Sculpture Firebowls.