Nov 14, 2015 0 Comments in Manufacturing by

American Manufacturing & Engineering Co., or Ameco, is a metal fabricator, not an art studio.

But that didn’t stop the small, Cleveland-based manufacturer from taking on a project for world-renowned architect and artist Santiago Calatrava. Today, large sculptures created by the company for the Calatrava exhibit are on display along Park Avenue in New York City.

Calatrava views the sculptures as “found objects in a human forest,” representing the link between humans and nature, according to a news release on his website.

For New York City, the outdoor gallery is a way to help expose people to art, said Jonathan Kuhn, director of art and antiquities for NYC Parks. But to Ameco, the pieces were a chance to gain some visibility for the quality of work it can provide.

“It really establishes a credibility, these kinds of projects,” said David R. Kloss, Ameco’s director of sales and marketing.

Ameco got involved with the Calatrava project in 2013 through Steve Bickley, a retired Virginia Tech professor who was friends with the college roommate of Ameco’s president, Michael W. Perkins. Ameco had worked on a Ronald Reagan memorial with Bickley a few years ago. The company officially got the order in March 2014, said sales engineering manager John Tobias Harkness.

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