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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Memphis Metal Museum

About a week ago when Mike and I had been downtown for breakfast with out-of-town friends, we took the opportunity to make a first-time visit to the National Ornamental Metal Museum, better known locally as simply the Metal Museum.

What a treasure tucked away on a bluff above the Mississippi River south of the downtown area. Access is a little difficult to locate, but you’ll be glad you made the effort. Per the website, “The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork.”

Historic buildings on the site have been refurbished for a library and exhibition hall. There’s also a working smithy on the grounds. A gazebo and attractive tenting provide a perfect setting for special events with a dramatic river view.

Our favorite part, however, was the outdoor sculpture garden. This link will take you to some good photos and descriptions. The pieces were whimsical, dramatic and intriguing.

The photo posted with this entry was our favorite. It’s approximately six and a half feet tall and perhaps four feet wide. It’s titled “Sarah Palin.” I try not to be political here, but I must confess that it gave me quite a chuckle. Okay, truthfully I LOL’d out loud. The gaping mouth provides access to a grill/smoker. We were told that at a recent event, the evening meal was cooked in the Sarah Palin smoker. Seems as if the pork was seasoned with tea leaves. We were also told that the fire in the cooker made her eyes glow wildly. Would have loved to have a photo of that.

Check out the Metal Museum. You’ll enjoy it – and Sarah.

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