Richard Edelman


15' x 8' x 3'

Painted Steel

Railroad Rails


Private Collection, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Richard Edelman

Having been in the steel industry, I've seen a lot of railroad rails over the years and shipped a lot of steel by rail, and those rails wear out. People think a rail is just a stick, but it really consists of a base, a web, and a head on which the rail car wheel runs.


I needed to create a sundial as a traditional garden centerpiece and realized it with three Illinois Central Railroad rails dated 1928, 1929, and 1930. Two are slightly angled inwards with the third opposing them to create a disorienting parallax effect as the viewer circles the sculpture.