16. March 2013 10:58
Richard Swenson, who was born and raised on a ranch in North Dakota but now lives here in Carriere, is displaying his wondrous scrap metal art this month.
When Richard was growing up he lived without modern conveniences, such as running water, electricity and indoor plumbing. He worked, fed cared for, slaughtered and ate the animals, fostering a reality that most people today do not appreciate. He attended a one-room country schoolhouse, but went on to an agricultural boarding school and then served several years as a Navy Seal. Richard continued his education earning advanced degrees in Physics and Mathematics, which he used in his 30-year career in nuclear reactor physics and acoustic research in anti-submarine warfare.
Upon returning to Mississippi, he revived his rapport with the animals. Richard started welding miscellaneous scrap metal parts from his farm equipment in 2000. He welds these scrap (throw-away) parts into the shape of the animals he grew up with. He has had various exhibits at businesses, banks, libraries, art fairs and shows along with museums. Richard’s latest show is here at the Pearl River County Welcome Center in Picayune. Come and see if there might be something you threw away welded into one of his animals.