- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) - A Maine sculptor is opening an exhibit of contemporary art works made of steel spikes at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum.

The exhibit called “John Bisbee: New Blooms” opens Saturday in the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum.

Bisbee works exclusively in 12-inch bright common spikes. He describes his work as, “the ubiquitous object blown open into an expansive new existence that its original utility never dreamt of.”

The museum says a wall of the gallery is hung with the work “Pelt,” made with approximately 5,000 spikes placed so as to evoke an animal’s coat. “Hearsay” is a large- scale, funnel-shaped piece in which the artist’s welding creates a brocade-like effect.

Bisbee is the sculptor in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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