DAVID STULTZ can't remember when he wasn't interested in art.
But it wasn't until he took a sculpture class at Frederick Community College a few years ago that he realized how much he wanted to be a sculptor who works in metal.
It doesn't hurt that he comes from a family interested in metals.
"Basically, I found out it's in my blood," said Stultz, 24, who lives in Linwood. "All my ancestors worked in metal. Dad [Richard Stultz] is a millwright at Lehigh Cement in Union Bridge. We had a blacksmith on my mom's side."
With so many members of his family having worked at Lehigh, including his 95-year-old great-grandfather, Clarence Singer, it seems fitting that Stultz's 1,800-pound metal sculpture would find a choice spot on the grounds of the local cement company.
Stultz said he created the sculpture, which is red, blue and yellow, for the 1999 Frederick in the Streets Festival.
"As part of the festival, an entire block was dedicated to the visual arts," he said. "If you will, my sculpture was kind of a mascot for that block."
Stultz said the symmetrical sculpture has no hidden meaning.
"The design doesn't represent anything. But I chose the colors red, blue and yellow because they are the primary colors in the art world," he said.
Stultz said he spent 175 hours working on the sculpture in his Linwood shop, Poison Air Labs. The sculpture sits on a base that weighs 1,000 pounds.
"I used a gantry, something that can lift a lot of heavy objects, to work on it," he said.
Lehigh donated about half of the $1,300 cost. A couple of Frederick businesses also donated money and Advanced Design Products in Finksburg donated about $200.
Stultz said that in his shop, he wasn't all that happy with the way the sculpture was shaping up.
"I think it looks a lot better at Lehigh than in my shop," he said with a laugh. "When it was in the shop, I wasn't happy with it. This will be its permanent resting place until they build a new plant."
Stultz said his initial art interest was painting.
"I did a lot of oil painting when I was 9 years old," he said. While in middle school, he participated in a summer enrichment program at Maryland Institute, College of Art.
But it wasn't until much later that his interest in art really took form.
"What really got me interested in becoming an artist was my teacher Jeff Smith," Stultz said. "He made me realize I wanted to be an artist after I took his sculpture class at Frederick Community College. He's the best art teacher I ever had."
Stultz said he loves working with metals.
"I like the physical properties of it," he said. "I like the general physics of metal. You can do almost anything you want with it. And I like the weight of it. I always did like to build things. Every single project is different [with metal sculpture]. Every design is different. There's no monotony."
Fifth annual car show
Saturday will mark the fifth annual Spring Fling Car Show and Craft/Flea Market in Taneytown. The show, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at Thunderhead Bowling Center, which is co-sponsoring the event with Street Cars of Desire. Admission is free.
"We're looking at about a hundred cars this year," said Wayne Kraus, the bowling alley's new owner. "Linda Clingan, who worked the lunch counter for 20 years here, will be serving breakfast specials starting at 7 a.m. And there will be bowling specials going on all day."
Kraus said proceeds from the show will be donated to Taneytown American Legion Post 120 for distribution to children's organizations in the Taneytown area. Rain date will be Sunday.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.