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Volume 24, Number 3 — March 2017

Art in Public Places: Abingdon

Artist Erik Bennett used a variety of parts and pieces to create
Artist Erik Bennett used a variety of parts and pieces to create "Banjo Man."

'Banjo Man' Plays Solo Show at Barter's Stage II

July 29, 2008

ABINGDON, Va. — When you drive into Barter Theatre's parking lot at Stage II, you will find something new.

Barter patrons Tena and David Wallace donated "Banjo Man" by artist Erik Bennett. The metal sculpture is the latest addition to the public art on Barter's Stonewall Square.

Bennett (recycledmetalsculptures.com) has been sculpting for five and half years. He gives old metal a new life using such materials as old iron fencing and gates, steel wagon wheels, tanks, old brake pads, trailer hitch balls and anything else that sparks his imagination.

"Banjo Man" uses old trailer hitch balls for kneecaps, a tank for his torso, what appears to be pieces of horseshoes for his banjo-picking fingers and many more intriguing details.

Come by, check out the sculpture and see what other parts you can identify.

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