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Well, There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day…

March 23rd, 2012


Custom Projects


Custom metal fabrication is as much an art as it is a science. Craftsmanship and skill come together to create unique metal pieces in our shop every day that we look on as functional works of art. But our recent work with Parisian artist Adel Abdessemed was all about the art, and it was seriously cool.


Friend of the shop, Derek Haffar, introduced the TMRnyc team to Abdessemed when the artist was looking for a space in which to work on his ironically titled piece, Hope. The entire TMRnyc team was eager to participate in a new, different project that was truly art for art’s sake. Says TMRnyc’s Scott Behr, “Derek spearheaded the creation of the cast garbage bags and the overall production of the artwork. It was a really interesting project to work on. Our unique shop happens to have a ground floor, drive-in space, and our 5,000 square-foot shop made it possible to accommodate such an unusual request.”

The end product, Hope, is installed at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. Reviewers are deconstructing the work and hailing it as brilliant irony and social commentary.’s Emily Nathan says of the piece, “The attitude of Algerian-born, Paris-based artist Adel Abdessemed (b. 1971) is distinctly embodied in an installation that anchors his current exhibition at David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea — a foundered dinghy that he discovered in the Florida Keys, shipped to New York, filled with cast resin sculptures of black garbage bags and perversely titled Hope (2011-2012).”

The vision was Abdessemed’s. The concept. The goal. This time around, the TMRnyc team was glad to take a supporting role and just help out another artist.

Behind the scenes video showing the boat arriving at the TMRnyc shop

Contact TMRnyc at 718-384-7818 to discuss your next custom metal project.