Sevdah Smlatic delivers freight by day and practices welding in his spare time. The art he welded is a historic structure from his home town built in the 16th century. Sevdah put a lot of thought into this piece, so it’s best to hear what he had in mind in his own words.
"The castle in the picture is a historic structure in my home town. You can clearly say that it is a castle, and that’s my way of saying that things like that can outlast a lot. Also, if we ever ended up with a prom, this castle is where our prom would be; but unfortunately, we never had one. However, if you look at the face, it is not so clear and half of it is missing. The half that is missing is a symbol of our youth that was cut short due to the war and also a symbol of the ones that died in that war. The other half of the face is not so clear, and this represents the ones that survived the war. Even though we survived, in some way we faded away. I chose a dark background and gray colors, because I feel that the years spent in war have put dark shadows on people from my generations.
The writing on the bottom, "Forever in our heart - Seniors 1994", signifies that the ones that survived the war will carry the memory of the ones that did not.
The picture making process was not easy. I knew that people who don't understand art would look at me with a question mark.
I tried using white chalk to draw a line that I would use as a guide, but as I started welding the chalk started burning, so I had to keep my hand steady and make a mental note of where the line is. I kept applying welding beads in different directions to make more shading and make it look more realistic. I used metal plate (1/4"x16"x33") that I purposely did not clamp to the table, as I wanted heat to take the piece in direction that it wanted to go.
For welding I used welding rod 6013-7018H4R and 610-7018-1 and silicone bronze 3/23 which made it possible to get that bronze color.
I had to adjust the temperature from time to time, depending on which part of the picture I was working on. Before I started, I decided that I was not going to use a grinder, so there was not a lot of room for mistakes if I was going to put this together.
Because the plate was kept in the natural color of burned metal, a metal wire brush was used to polish the finished picture. A clear coat of can paint was used to protect the piece from rust.
All this took a few weeks to make, and the reason it took so long is simply that some days I had more inspiration and time than others."
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