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INCIDENT REPORT No.62: Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas, Angle Iron and Tire Stand

We look when we walk; at window displays, at objects and signs.  About three years ago I spotted a utilitarian iron stand in a vegetable market on Knickerbocker Avenue in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn.  I loved this simple stand, which held up, like a pedestal, boxes of eggplant and tomatoes.  The stand had nice folded corners.  It was square and rectangular.  It was useful and beautiful.  

The folks at Angel's Fruit Market were happy to loan me one stand.

On a late night evening stroll in Bushwick I spotted an old shop-fan stand with a tire on top of it instead of a fan. This "tire stand" served as a visual non-verbal sign post for a tire repair shop.  I fell in love with it!  With the help of a couple of spanish translators (friends and a helpful Argentinian artist named Lia who offered her services via twitter) I convinced the guys at the tire shop to rent me their tire sign for $75.00.

Then, on a hot day in July, I rented a van and collected the iron and tire stand from Bushwick and delivered them to Westfield Sheet Metal, a metal fabricator located in Kenilworth, New Jersey. They've been proudly making metal for eighty-seven years.  With their expertise, we decided to remake the iron angle stand, copying the one borrowed from the market, adding a bottom to the original design and painting the new stands in high-gloss black and white, therefore readying them for their window display (Incident Report) viewing station.

I also decide to clean-up and paint the tire stand in high-gloss red.  The tire stand will be returned to the tire repair shop.  I am assuming they will like it red.

There are five total sculptures; a newly painted red shop-fan stand (minus the fan) with the originally-painted yellow tire on top of it and 4 new rectangular, fish-tank like, iron angle stands, two that are white and two that are black.

The pictures below correspond to the order of events and include some installation shots.

Austin

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The original iron angle stand in the Angel's Fruit Market on Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn.

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Iron stand holding up eggplant.

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Stand with tomato box filled with onions.

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More stands.

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View of the market.

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The fruit aisle of Angel's Market.

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A good shot of more eggplant and a stand.

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The stand as a perch.

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The market's manager handing over the stand. He's amused.

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Me carrying the stand down Knickerbocker Avenue, July 15, 2013.

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First spotting of the tire stand at night.

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The tire stand during the day.

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Discussing the terms of the rental of the tire stand.

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More discussion.

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Tire stand with Lia, acting as my translator on the left; male mechanic on the right.

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Looking out from inside the tire repair shop.

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Tire stand above.

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Westfield Sheet Metal in Kenilworth, NJ.

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Iron angle stand and dismantled tire stand.

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The tire is placed in an office at Westfield Sheet Metal for safe-keeping while it's stand gets a pa

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Installing.

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Max Goldfarb.

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Front door.

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Looking out from inside Incident Report.

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Max and I leveling the boxes.

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The 4 iron angle stands.

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A close-up/

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The tire stand.

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Ellen Letcher closing up.

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Looking down Warren Street, Hudson, NY.

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