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Brad Spencer is a brick sculptor based in Reidsville, NC.
Brad explains his work by saying, “The integration of sculpture into architecture has always intrigued me. Sculptors have historically found ways to carve or mold various building materials into incredible works of art that in many ways define a culture. Living in the clay rich Carolinas, USA provides plenty of soil suitable for brick making and brick sculpture. The Ishtar Gates of Babylon are the historical standard and even though we live in a technology-driven world, my process is the same as the Babylonians. I carve unfired clay bricks, fire them at around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and reassemble them with mortar like any other brick structure. I love the idea of shaping ancient, eroded stone into images our history, our environment and our very selves, then returning it to stone through the firing process. A wonderful thing about public art is that it intersects our daily lives and inspires personal interaction and interpretation. My work has been called perplexing, illusive and sometimes even ghostly. I think that choosing to be a public artist is a lofty ambition and an enormous responsibility.”
"Usually bright shapes of color or mind-warping ideas in art will appeal to me. Brad Spencer’s brick sculptures are only one color but they do warp my mind a bit. I have a difficult time figuring out what I am looking at. I am amazed by the detail of the work and that it is all made of bricks and mortar. I am entranced by the skill needed to create these figures in stone. The work is so static and permanent yet full of a soft light of life."