A passion for art combined with backgrounds in sculpture, fabrication and steel structures has led artists Eric Carroll and father-in-law Richard Turner to create their unique and triumphantly realistic cactus series. Inspired by nature itself their goal was to create art that is tough and rugged yet embodies beauty and majesty.
In 2003 their first-generation steel saguaro became a wild success at the first art show they entered. This success grew into Desert Steel with its artist-born, artist-made desert creations.
Not only is each cactus hand-formed and hand-welded in galvanized or weathered steel (able to withstand winds up to 90 mph) but a variety of innovative options are available such as interior lighting, crown-flower packages and torch lights.
No matter where you live a cactus is now a landscaping option – and a dramatic addition to home décor. The majestic saguaro is available in sizes ranging from seven to twenty-one feet high with two to five arms. The barrel cactus comes in small or large (9.25” x 13.25” or 13.25” x 19.5”); a unique swirled fishhook cactus with flowers is available in medium or large (19” x 16” or 23” x 20” and a prickly pear cactus is available in sizes that range from 22” to 48” high. Four varieties of agaves are available; and 15” high yucca is available; and, Joshua trees are available in 4’ to 9’ sizes.
The sculptures come in a life-like verdigris finish that resists rust, even near saltwater and each one is guaranteed against corrosion. The sculptures’ realism increases with age as the finishes weather naturally. Each one mounts easily to a concrete pad and all are maintenance free.
No water is needed when you choose a cactus sculpture; no birds, insects or fungus will ever pose a problem! No thorns will pose a risk to children or pets; and the sculptures can fill areas around your home or building where other plants won’t grow.
The choice is yours: Make a dramatic statement with a towering saguaro, make a surprising statement with a row of barrel cacti lighting your walkway at night, or make a subtle statement with a fishhook cactus nestled in your flower garden. For the beauty of nature without the time and expense of maintenance, these cactus sculptures offer the perfect solution.