Larry Glaze, an environmental artist, created a 10-foot-high, 900-pound chandelier from manure-spreader wheels and deer antlers for Lucky J restaurant.
A work of art by an environmental artist is filling a very practical need in a Missouri restaurant.
Larry Glaze created a 10-foot-high, 900-pound chandelier from manure-spreader wheels and deer antlers that now hangs in the Lucky J restaurant east of Carthage on Fir Road.
"It means a lot to us and it's something for the people of Carthage, too," said Matt Freeman, owner of the Lucky J. "He lives here, and he wanted a piece of his artwork hanging for the people of Carthage to see as well."
Glaze has created similar chandeliers for people far away, including actor Clint Eastwood, but he didn't have anything like it anywhere in the Carthage area.
In addition to the antlers and the manure-spreader wheels, the chandelier shows off five replica Winchester buffalo rifles and two 1860 replica cap-and-ball revolvers.
The three-tier chandelier has 49 lights and replaces a single bulb that hung in its place before Tuesday, when Freeman, Glaze and a crew of others hung the chandelier.
Freeman said each tier, or wheel, of the piece has its own dimmer switch.
"These wheels are interesting," Glaze said. "The big ones are 1890 manure-spreader wheels, the bars on them are steel, and the wheels had traction bars on them. All the treads are brazed so they stand out. The smaller top wheel is from a corn planter. It has a split rim and the corn seeds were planted between the rims."
Glaze said the whitetail deer antlers are sheds from live animals. No deer were killed to create his artwork.
"The guns are 1875 Winchester replica .45 cal hex-barrel buffalo guns with working actions, but they will not fire a bullet," Glaze said. "They're collector items. The pistols are 1860 Colt cap and ball pistols and the spurs are Mexican spurs. There are two pistols and five rifles and eight or nine spurs. There are 49 horseshoes on it too."
Glaze said he made the work as a favor to a friend.
"Matt and I go back 15 years before he was even married into the Lucky J restaurant," Glaze said. "I worked for Dr. Myers on Jackpine Road and he had a walnut plantation. I was the hired hand and I planted walnut trees and raised his cattle and everything else for five years. Matt's dad had a farm across the Spring River and his cattle used to get across the river onto Dr. Myers walnut plantation, and Matt came over with his brother on horseback to get them back over to his dad's place and that's how we met."
Glaze has been an environmental artist for more than 18 years and makes tables, chandeliers and a variety of other pieces of art from natural things.
Prior to becoming an artist, he was a maxillofacial technician, helping rebuild the faces of cancer patients. He sold his company, moved back to Carthage and became a full-time artist.