By Janice Harris
Bronze. Marble. Iron. No matter what type of sculpture and medium you’re looking for, Metropolitan Galleries has the experience, skill set, and materials needed to get the job done. Metropolitan Galleries was founded in 1992 by the late Steven Bennett. His legacy continues as Metropolitan Galleries crafts one-of-a-kind statues and fountains at their High Point, North Carolina home base.
Maxwell Taro, marketing director at Metropolitan Galleries, spoke with us at the 2017 Fall High Point market. While chatting, we got a glimpse of the company’s work, from their small statuettes to grand fountains that have become a popular feature of this particular show.
If you’re in the market for a custom sculpture for your home or office, then look no further than Metropolitan Galleries. Here’s why…
They Know Materials Matter
While we didn’t expect the entire process of casting and constructing a metal sculpture to be an easy one, our House Tipster team surely didn’t realize the true work that goes into crafting everything from the smallest statue to the largest fountain.
“Most of our products are made from lost wax cast bronze. It’s a labor-intensive process that involves creating a mold and casting it into sculpture,” explained Maxwell. This Bronze Two Dolphin Fountain is just one example of many lost wax cast bronze figures available on the Metropolitan Galleries website.
Even though the time and effort needed to make these creations are extensive, they don’t limit their products to only sculptures. In fact, they’re making iron doors, gates, street lamps, and wall sconces using the same traditional casting process.
Making the Fountains of the Future
One of their most popular products here at Market is their water fountains. “We offer lots of water fountains,” said Maxwell. “Everyone loves a nice, tranquil place to relax. Today, most people have garden or pools and these fountains make a great accompaniment piece to them.”
Many of the fountains made by Metropolitan Galleries serve both indoor and outdoor environments. The Bronze Lady Musician & Horses Fountain was one of our favorites because it’s versatile, making it perfect for a variety of style preferences.
If you can’t find a style you like from their extensive product lineup, Maxwell suggests reaching out to their team to come up with a style that meets your exact needs.
As you can see, Metropolitan Galleries is dedicated to providing a custom product. According to Maxwell, the company can make just about any shape or figure, from animals to “a giant Robert E. Lee sitting on a horse” out of bronze, marble, or wrought iron.
To browse their collection in-person, head to their permanent storefront in the heart of High Point or simply head to their website. Industry professionals can also check out their latest offerings from their temporary Market showroom in High Point every season.