A Hot Commodity - Steve Bush


Pulling into the driveway of local metal sculptor Steve Bush’s driveway, it’s obvious that you’re at the right address. Greeted by sprawling metallic owers, some as high as 10 feet tall, that look as if they’ve sprouted directly from the insides of his metal shop, it feels like being transported to some other kind of reality – one where metallic ants could come marching by, which they do. There isn’t much that Bush can’t create out of the right kinds of metals within the walls of his smARTworks studio in Blacklick; he’s been working at his passion for a long time.
 
“If you can tell me something you want made, I can pretty much make it out of metal,” Bush says with a smile inside his workshop. “I’m not in the business of being the guy making the mass-manufactured cars; I want to be the one making the custom Cadillacs.”
 
It’s obvious while talking to Bush that his passion for what he does oozes out of him. He lives for creating works of art that can range from custom mailboxes to the giant rotating globe that greets visitors at the entrance of the Columbus Zoo. He’s worked his way from rural northern Ohio farmland to the halls of CCAD as a student and a professor and has works of his art placed all over the city and the country. His name might not adorn most of his artwork, but chances are if you live in Columbus, you have encountered it at some point, which he hopes invigorates and uplifts your life, as all art should do.
 
“I’m an advocate of always asking the question of ‘where’s the art?’ when I go somewhere,” Bush says. “If you’re at a corporation or a school or a park, wouldn’t you want a painting on the wall, or a sculpture to make your quality
of life better from day to day?”
 
Bush has worked hard at trying to do this by reaching out to corporations and buildings and municipalities but seems to enjoy working one-on-one with people to create something custom for their homes. He prides himself with old-school work values and his customers are so happy with their custom work that he is usually greeted with a hug upon completion of the one-of-a-kind and never-recreated piece.
 
“There’s only one way to make something the same, but there are a thousand ways to make something different,” Bush says. “Why would I ever want to duplicate anything?”