Francis of Assisi and scrap metal

The creator of this figure of Francis of Assisi thinks that most sculptures of St Francis seem grim.

I'm amazed at what an attractive representation Joel Haas has made, using scrap steel. Although the material is hard it conveys the joy that I associate with St Francis.

Today is the commemoration day for Francis of Assisi, Friar, Founder of the Friars Minor.

The story of his life from rich merchant's son, a wild youth, to a life of poverty, praise and preaching is told here and here.

He gathered like-minded brothers around him who became the first Franciscan monks. His simple rule was to follow Christ and to walk in his footsteps.

It is said that Francis died on 4 October 1226 while preaching on Psalm 141, which is a prayer for preservation from evil. It's opening words are:
I call upon you, O lord; come quickly to me; 
give ear to my voice when I call to you. 
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, 
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

Previous Seeker posts about St Francis:


  1. Oh, that statue works SO well, Nancy. How can scrap metal demonstrate joy like that?

  2. How the heck does he produce such detailed pieces such as the butterfly wings?? I love it. I've seen a model of a man made playing a guitar made completely out of motorcycle parts. Its fantastic to see what people are capable of once they let their imagination flow wildly.

    -David Enabulele

    1. Some people seem to have the imagination to see the possibilities that most of us don't see in the most unpromising materials.


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