Tampa是许多艺术家的家，and opportunities to explore the city's creative side are everywhere.From trendy galleries in SoHo to eclectic co-ops inYbor City,Tampa is full of unique local art pieces for viewing and purchasing.
一个这样独特的机会是一个名为乡村钢制品.It's located a little off the beaten path,但离市中心只有15分钟的路程。你不能错过地点；it's painted bright purple and features an eclectic family of oversized metal creations that change over time,as items are moved and sold.Huge dogs,fire-breathing dragons,giant robots...
Check out this Rustic Steel creation on Tampa's Riverwalk — Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers
Visiting this one-of-a-kind artist's space is worth the effort,尤其是如果你喜欢金属和铁雕塑。At the back of the building is where the magic happens,看这部电影很吸引人。你可能会遇到创始人兼焊接艺术家多米尼克·马丁内斯。他喜欢向人们展示他的工作坊，并谈论他的创作背后的灵感。
Most of his sculptures consist of a collage of found objects,研究他的作品，你会发现各种剩余的金属碎片，从脚轮到主板。他不喜欢扔掉任何东西，喜欢重新利用能讲故事和保存历史的旧金属。One of his current projects includes designing a sculpture reusing old gears taken from Tampa's historic Platt Street drawbridge.
You can also find Martinez's pieces as you tour around town.Two sculptures features adorable metal dogs can be seen at the bike rack in front of the newUlele餐厅在河漫步.他的许多雕塑表现出幽默和奇思妙想。Other fun examples include a Bud Light Lombardi trophy and a football player made out of pieces of an old grill and rusty car parts.
马丁内斯也有反光的一面，然而，2011年被委托创建一个非常特别的9/11纪念馆。This memorial is now installed at theTampa Firefighters Museum和斯坦布伦纳·菲尔德。This project had special significance to the artist,因为他以前是纽约市的居民。
Other public installations may not be as obvious,as Martinez is the talent behind many of Tampa's most beautiful wrought iron railings and decorative metal gates.他和他的经验丰富的焊工的工作人员创造了功能和美丽的定制设计。你可以看看流行的Oxford Exchangefor an example of his exquisite railings.