You are probably familiar with our custom signs, outdoor collections, and gateways. You’ve probably even seem some of our custom metal designs at your local park. Our most recent project brought us back to a familiar area, Alamance Arts Center, but with a truly one a kind creation.
We’ve worked with Alamance Arts in the past with those familiar paint tubes you see when you drive by, but we’ve brought the magical to life in one of our largest pieces to date. Erasmus the Dragon was created from the mind of our founder Casey Lewis after Alamance Arts requested a new piece to add to their expanding outdoor collection. Erasmus, meaning “to love” in Greek, was started as a small carved wax figure, stacks of sheet metal, and many gallons of paint. Due to his large size and complex design, he took almost five years from start to finish to create.
The dragon is one of the largest figures that Beechwood has ever completed, coming at 25 feet long, 10 feet wide, 8 feet tall, and weighing an impressive 3600 pounds. He attracted quite a lot of attention as he rode from away from his birthplace at Beechwood. Due to his large size, a police escort was required to take him to his final destination, Alamance Arts Center. Adults and children alike will enjoy visiting him nestled between the Alamance Arts Center, Graham Public Library, and Alamance Children’s Museum – a perfect place to curl up with this friendly dragon on a warm summer day.
Plans are still in the works for an official unveiling of Erasmus, but we hope that you’ll take some time to stop by and visit him this week. From custom metal staircases to flowers, and even dragons, we’d love to help bring your ideas to life, too!