April 23, 2014
1:31 pm

Schooner Stools

Visitors to Silver Beach Pizza's track-side bar will now be able to enjoy the functional art of renowned metal sculptor Joshua Andres thanks to a spectacular project undertaken by the red hot restaurant's owners and operators.  Newly installed bar stools at the "outside" bar in the Amtrak train depot building have been beautifully hand-crafted by Andres, whose reputation in the region continues to escalate with every new project he takes on.

Sporting a stylized cut-out of the now famous Silver Beach Pizza Schooner mug and graduated side vents, the polished steel backrests on the floor-anchored stools add a great deal of panache to the busy bar.  Andres created a spectacular new line of barstools that will likely be filled with happy customers more often than they will be empty during business hours, so the accompanying photo which appeared on SBP's Facebook page represents one of the few opportunities to see these virtual works of art in their full-tilt glory.  Check them out in person at the depot at 410 Vine Street below the bluff in St. Joe.

Andres gained well-deserved critical acclaim for his most famous (to date) project in partnership with glass blowing artist Jerry Catania for the 18 customized works of art that adorn the tee-box on every hole at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Club at Harbor Shores, as well as the signature logo piece that welcomes visitors to the course's club house.  

Josh was born and raised in Southwest Michigan and also has featured sculptures placed at The Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, The Curious Kids' Museum in St. Joseph, and at InterCare Community Health Center on M-139 in Benton Harbor.  Additional pieces can be found at the Waterstreet Glass Works and on the site of the former Liberty Theater in downtown Benton Harbor. 
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