Rustic Garden Sculpture

Peter goes through thousands of pounds of steel each year to build his sculpture.  As he slices the steel with his plasma cutter and chop saw, huge amounts of scrap metal fall to the floor.

What to do with all the metal scraps?

When the extras would get to a point where the piles were invading his working space, he used to bring a truckload of steel scrap to a metal recycler for a little cash.

scrap metal pile for art

That was then, this is now.

Welcome to Peter’s newest line of wild & crazy rusted garden sculpture!

Outdoor art by Scottsdale Artist

Peter loves working on these guys!  He’s giddy about the freedom that comes with building his wild sculptures – digging in the scrap bin for the perfect piece, welding another piece on, then another, getting a new idea and starting another piece – not being able to pull himself away from building.

skidd welding rustic sculpture

Each piece is an unplanned design – the final product is just a little peek into to Peter’s crazy, genius mind.

Expediting the Rust Process

If left to the elements, the raw, untreated steel he uses in all his sculpture will eventually acquire the rust finish.  He must use a special coating on his traditional line of sculpture to ensure it doesn’t rust at all.

So with his new rustic sculpture project, he had to flip his mind and figure out how to take a fresh steel sculpture like this and force it to rust quickly.

peter's rustic sculpture before rust treatment

He experimented with different treatments to expedite the rust process and found a system that rusts the steel almost instantly.  A little of this, a little of that, add some water and there you have the gorgeous patina.

Skidd rusting steel for outdoor art

His rustic sculptures have no final protective coating so will continue to age gracefully.

rusted steel tabletop sculpture

Rustic Sculpture for the Home

We’ve found that we love Peter’s new rustic collection placed in our home as tabletop, mantle – even kitchen counter accessories.  Once you place one of these guys, you realize how bland life used to be!  

styling kitchen with art

Granted, in our child-friendly home, anything of value/danger needs to be displayed out of reach of a toddler who’s mind is just as active as his father’s.  Ours is atop a tall cabinet and works really well with more traditional art (Peter did that charcoal during art school – love it!)

rustic sculpture in traditional setting

Where can I get one of these beauties?

We’ve partnered with Pearson and Company on Main Street in Scottsdale’s Gallery District to include Peter’s rustic garden sculpture in this amazing showroom of indoor & outdoor potted plantscapes.

Garden Art Scottsdale

Pearson and Company is a little hidden spot nestled among blocks of Scottsdale art galleries.  You enter the shop through a garden space filled with unique pots, plants, and one-of-a-kind items carefully sourced for your indoor or outdoor plantscape.

Sculpture for Gardens

They carry those unique, hard to find indoor potted plants and plant vessels that luxury shelter magazines use to style all those rooms we drool over.

Luxury interior plants

You can also just contact us and we’ll get you what you need.  No matter where you make your purchase, if you’re local, Peter can come install your new sculpture into the landscape so things are nice and sturdy.  Prices vary according to size and range from $50 to $500.

Outdoor Friendly Art

All of Peter’s metal sculpture is outdoor friendly.

We’ve placed his metal art in exterior entryways and used his sculpture to enhance porches and gardens – it’s also an amazing poolside art feature.

UV Protective Coating

If Peter knows a particular piece is for outdoor use, he’ll give it a double layer of his UV stabilized clear coat.  The clear coating that gives his work its signature shine is actually the same product used to protect and give shine to the outer layer of cars and airplanes.

Installing Outdoor Art

Peter installs his work into brick, stucco, and stacked stacked stone walls.  He’s kind of a nerd about the proper tools and hardware for these more difficult installations.

Bolting Sculpture into Concrete

For his free-standing metal sculptures, Peter welds on a hefty base, and if needed, can bolt the sculpture right into the concrete.  The red wavy sculpture below is actually bolted into a dedicated concrete slab hidden within the planter.

Custom Outdoor Sculpture

Peter specializes in custom art so if we don’t have the size or color you need just contact us to discuss and get a quick quote.


Recent Contemporary Metal Art Installations

Peter has been busy installing his contemporary metal art in luxury homes.

The good thing about buying from his ten-week Scottsdale Art Show, the Celebration of Fine Art, is that Peter can install your piece that same day.  Makes it easy for the buyer and Peter always loves to see where his art goes.

Sometimes, when people think “contemporary metal art”, they picture wildly modern homes and extreme decorating.  Peter’s metal sculpture is totally transitional, though, and works everywhere.  This buyer chose Peter’s nature art for a guest room – to be placed over a rustic day bed.  Not modern at all.

Scottsdale, Arizona Metal Artist creates nature art for luxury homes.

Do you have a home with some difficult walls?  This client was selling her luxury Biltmore condo and needed custom art for a deeply curved wall.  Peter created three custom “Styx” and they work perfectly.  Peter’s steel sculpture is coated with a protective layer so it’s good for indoor/outdoor use and also bathrooms!

A buyer from our Hidden in the Hills home art show commissioned a seven foot wave for her home office in North Scottsdale.  She loves the mesmerizing nature and holographic effects of the ground steel and wanted Peter to go light on the paint.

Scottsdale Artist Custom Wall Art for Offices

We just found this listing on the MLS for a luxury Scottsdale home which includes Peter’s collection of four curved panels.

Art for luxury residential by Peter Skidd

If you need a winter escape, visit Scottsdale and find a large collection of Peter’s contemporary metal art at the Celebration of Art tent show.  The show runs each day through March 29, 2015.  He just installed exciting new steel landscape art – “Expanse” is 82″x38″x5.5″ and priced at $7200.  Contact Peter to get it installed in your home today!


Before and After

When Peter’s client moved into their beautiful Arizona home, they commissioned Peter help make their house a home.  Peter warmed their room up with a bold, brightly colored triptych of 36″ steel sculptures.  It makes such a difference!

Peter met with the homeowners to discuss their ideas and then came back with a really quick sketch.  Even such a simple sketch can really help ensure the art is the right size for the space.

Peter is also working on a super-customized series of sculptures for their lonely dining room.  (Love those chairs – and the saguaro outside!)

The client had an idea and Peter was able to make the idea a reality.  Peter measured out the space, discussed what they envisioned and made sure everyone was on the same page by sketching out two options – the only difference is that one is installed with space in between the sculptures.  The sculpture will be curved rectangular art spaced with steel framed mirrors.  Totally custom.

After building the sculptures and frames for the mirrors, Peter dropped by the house to show the homeowner the progress and discuss color for their custom art.  I’ll post an installation photo when Peter finishes building and painting the sculptures.

custom art for the dining room in progress