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Take A Break: Fork Art

Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 01:56 PM EDT
Matt Bartik has always been the creative type.  An artist with the ability to
see beauty in things that might be lost on others.

Take his sculpting
business.  He doesn't use clay or stone.  He can literally find his inspiration
in the kitchen.  The "medium" he uses is stainless steel
forks.

That's right.  Matt is one of the leading creators of "fork
art."

He first turned to fork art out of boredom while in his college
dining hall.  Matt and his buddies had actually started sculpting with
food.

"We had little muffin houses, chick pea paths, cars made out of
steak and meatballs," Matt recalls.  "If you're gonna have all that, you need
street lights."

And thus, fork art was born.

There's no heating,
welding, soldering, glue, or strings attached.  "Just cold bent, cold contact,
stainless steel," says Matt.

Today's creations can take hundreds of forks to make.
 Matt's largest to date?  A tree with nearly 200 forks in it.

Perhaps
you've seen some of his work. Matt likes to create his art in local coffee
shops.  The Ballston Lake man says there are too many distractions at
home.

Staying focused has paid off - literally.  After a brief stint
selling knives (ironic, Matt admits), he realized his future was in forks.
 Clients began forking over the dough.  Art shows, festivals, birthday parties,
even wedding favors and cake tops.

So the next time you see lunch at the
end of your fork, remember the man who found a career at the end of his.
 Something he could have never envisioned that day in his college dining
hall.

"This is my livelihood," Matt admits.  "I do nothing but bend forks
for a living."

If you'd like to see some of Matt's fork art, click here to check out
his webpage.Take A Break: Fork Art


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