Joseph Pio Asterita

 I served in the Air Force and Air Reserves during Vietnam and Desert Storm, working with aluminum, steel, and titanium repairing high-performance jet aircraft. In between, I did the same briefly with a major airline. I have my share of ‘war stories’ that I will gladly reminisce with you but for now, let me say that my experiences gave me a fondness and respect for metal that has matured in my later years to a near love affair, especially with steel. Why steel you ask? The composition of steel is primarily iron, as much at 99% for certain steels. Iron blesses us in many ways; iron makes up the core of the earth, which results in the magnetic field around the earth that protects us from harmful radiation from the sun; iron makes up the hemoglobin in our blood and is essential in transferring oxygen to our cells. A key structural member in buildings, roads, bridges, cars, and appliances is steel (iron). Without iron, we wouldn’t be here now.

There are some who consider iron dross with no place in art. However, iron serves humanity selflessly. I believe iron the noblest metal of all.   When I became a metal fabrication artist, I chose to honor iron by designing, fabricating and welding steel into sacred geometric works of art.

Sacred geometry involves universal patterns and shapes that are mathematically balanced and form ‘the code’ of harmony found in the atom, mathematics, music, architecture as well as the human body. Welding iron (in steel) into these geometric patterns provides a unique art style that brings this solid earth element, which we are so indebted to, into a visible geometric balance for all to see. The “Fruit of Life” demonstrates the balance of revolving adjacent circles whose overlapping circumferences form the petals of a flower.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions ~