Welded Steel Sculpture
Architectural Oddities

Royce Carlson creates whimsical welded steel sculptures and architectural oddities using
found objects, recycled materials and new steel. He creates these things in Prescott, Arizona.


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I create out of joy and this reflects in my work. My style is whimsical, happy and generally pretty abstract. I know I have created a good piece if it makes me smile when I see it. I am self-taught and believe that to be an advantage rather than a hindrance. Among other things, formal training teaches the "rules" about how to make "good art." If there is anywhere that rules should be broken, it is with art.

I work with recycled steel, found objects, and steel tubing, re-bar, etc. I like that I can turn what would ordinarily be considered waste into art. I love to create kinetic sculptures that turn in the wind. I intend them to be reminiscent of ancient artifacts of an unknown civilization.

I was born in 1953 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Southern California. I have been producing original art since I was 20 years old as a hobby. I have worked in many media including watercolor, pencil, and acrylic. In 1991 I moved to Prescott, Arizona, where I participated in shows with my acrylic paintings. For the past ten years I have been creating welded steel sculpture, custom art gates and architectural details.

Selected Commissions and significant works:

2001 - The Burning Man Festival 2001 - Nevada
A large (28’ x 16’) welded metal sculpture which served as the entry to their Center Camp Café.

 2002 -  Dinner Bell Café – Prescott, AZ.
I created an art metal fence with gate around the restaurant’s patio.

 2004, Cosmos
This is a large wind powered kinetic sculpture over 20 feet tall. It was shown first at the Burning Man Festival in 2004. Since then pictures of it have appeared in several publications and it appears briefly in ”
The Surrogates,” a Touchstone Pictures feature-length movie starring Bruce Willis (released Sept. 2009).

 2005 – Margaret T. Morris Center Strolling Garden. – Prescott, AZ
I created about a dozen sculptures for this garden.

 2006 – Highlands Center for Natural History – Prescott, AZ
Gates, railings, wall sconces, and the feature piece – a spiral downspout sculpture.

 2010 – Gateway Ranch – Flagstaff, AZ
A sculptural spiral stairway that includes a kinetic element that spins in the wind and shoots fire out of the top.

My sculptures are in private collections throughout the United States. I am represented by Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery at 156 B. South Montezuma St. Prescott AZ 86303 

Other Activities

 2005 –  gave a lecture/slide show on art cars at Yavapai College.

April, 2006 – was a guest speaker on steel sculpture for the art welding class at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ

May, 2010 - was hired as a design consultant for a new amphitheatre at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley campus.

May, 2010 – Taught a two-day art welding workshop at The Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, Texas.


If you are interested in a commission.....

If you enjoy my style and would like to commission a gate or other architectural detail, here's what you need to know:

I do not do "traditional" iron work. Since I live in the Southwest, I get lots of requests for a "Southwest" theme like Indians, or cowboys, etc. I don't do that either. When you see the work on this web site, try to get a feel for the spirit of my work. If you like my style, I will be happy to work in collaboration with you to produce a piece that contains your input and ideas. For example, if you are into cars, I can include pieces of cars or tools in a gate.

If you are interested in a commission, I would like to meet with you, see the place where the work will go, and come up with an idea that suits you. I will then do several drawings. You can pick which drawings you like the best. You can even combine your favorite elements of different drawings to come up with a final idea. I will then do a final drawing and submit it for your approval.

Once I get your approval, a 50% deposit will be required before I start work. The balance will be due once you take delivery. If I am to install the gate, I will include the cost of the installation in the estimate..

With the sculptures I operate differently than with the gates. This is where I go wild and do my best to tune in to inspiration. This is a very personal thing so I prefer to make what I want to make and then offer it up for sale. That does not preclude commissions, however. If you want a wind sculpture, for example, I will be happy to make one for you. The only condition is that I get to retain artistic freedom to produce what inspiration guides me to produce. This way you will get my best work - the work that most powerfully expresses my particular style.

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact me


Cosmic Steel
21125 W. Walnut Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86305


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