Matthew and Karine Maynard are designers, blacksmiths and artists who use metal and architectural space as their media. Each element of their work reflects their professional attention to aesthetic detail, design and function with a focus on quality over quantity.
Matthew and Karine Maynard Presenting at Library Board Meeting
Rough Sketch of the Sculpture
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The Anderson Public Library will feature later this year an amazing steel sculpture highlighting one of Anderson County’s iconic structures with all labor costs donated to the library.
The county’s premier blacksmiths, Matthew and Karine Maynard of Maynard Studios, will be building and installing a sculpture in the newly expanded library that is set to reopen towards the fall of this year that will be reminiscent of the Young’s High Railroad Bridge that crosses the Kentucky River . The sculpture will grace the entryway to the children’s section of the library and will feature numerous native plants and animals along with Kentucky and Anderson County history.
Matthew Maynard described the project as a way to give a sense of wonder and interaction for children in the library. With a bench to one side, parents and children will be able to enjoy reading a book and seeing the intricate details in the sculpture.
The Maynards also explained that they will be donating their time to create the sculpture. The project, which is estimated to take around 5 weeks or 200 hours, would normally cost over $22,000. They instead will only be charging the library for materials and overhead, accounting for about $7,500.
“We are very grateful for their work,” library board president, Bryan Proctor, said. He also explained that the project will not only be memorable but also educational with the incorporation of history along with native plants and animals.