For some people, a house is just a house. For Houston metal artist Harold Siefert, it’s the takeoff for incredible flights of fancy. A walking-the-dog house? Yes. A hiking house? Yup. A house on a swing? Why not?
It all began in 2000 when Siefert was laid off from his job as a banker at JPMorgan Chase. Rather than looking immediately for another one, he took an art class, then another, and another, and eventually gravitated to making bronzes full time. Home Bodies, his witty series of small cast-bronze sculptures, started out as a tribute to his late father, who always had lots of bird houses and feeders in his Chicago backyard.
“Somehow one day arms and legs came into play,” Siefert remembers, “and the Home Bodies series was born.”