|When you think of metal - what comes to mind? Buildings, bridges, railroad tracks?
Lars takes that cold, hard, unyielding material and transforms it into amazing works
of art. One of a minority of artists that work with metal, Lars will certainly astonish
you with his work. His wide spectrum of style and choice of material will appeal to
any preference or age. Lars' interest in sculpture grew out of a welding class he
took as a teenager. Lars did not quite see the application as the teacher did. The
teacher pointed to a sculpture he had in the shop and said, "this is what not to do."
But that is exactly what Lars was drawn to. Lars continued to hone his skills at
College of DuPage in Illinois, becoming proficient and very creative working with
metals. His pieces have been on display numerous times. (see Lars' work on the
Lars' other passion is railroad photography, His most noted shot is of a train and
semi-truck accident which earned him spots on Spike TV, Fox, other local programs
as well as airing in Japan. (check out the train page.)
Well seeing is believing.
Relax and take a look around.
There is a lot to see.
|At the conference Lars was privileged to meet
Jenny McCarthy the spokesperson for TACA,
an excellent source for anyone seeking
information or guidance regarding autism.
|Lars recently had the opportunity to display his
work at the Autism Conference which was held
in Rosemont Illinois.
|By Lars Eikens
|Welcome to the Eikens
Brothers railroad photo site.
This is Lars & Nils, and why do
we photograph trains for the
last 32 years? Well growing
up with a railroad at the end
of your street is bad enough,
we had two of them. As kids
the long black Chicago Great
Western bridge over the
Chicago Northwestern's west
line looked like a giant jungle
|TRAINS - TRAINS - AND MORE - TRAINS
|Absolutely attracted to it. We were way too young and probably
suppose be at the local park next door. Sounds like a recipe for
disaster and sometimes was. When we started attending school and it
was the favorite place to spend the day playin hooky. After spending
long hours there, one could not help falling in love with the trains that
screamed by and the environment of railroad hardware.
Even looking back at the black bridge on our way home we
were mesmerized by the vision of the bright yellow face of a CNW F-7
locomotive in push-pull commuter operation moving away in the
distance evoking the illusion she was stopped until the shadow of that
bridge quickly cast over her in a mirage of heat. Seeing this and
simultaneously smelling the railroad ties through wisps of diesel
exhaust, we heard the unmistakable EMD chant of the ageing covered
wagon on jointed rail echo louder for a split second, without question
making us wish we had not left yet. For us, that was such a huge file
of sensory perception that was forever downloaded into the main
memory of our young and impressionable minds during those good'ol
carefree childhood summers in the late 60s. Now everyone knows
where one of the first stops we would make if we had a time machine.
Then of course there's the trains that thundered over that black
bridge, the CGW. Did someone say The Chicago Great Western and a
time machine?... It was always the absolute highlight of our day when
they showed up...
THE TRAIN PAGES.
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