Morgan Raimond’s Metal Designs at the Jungle House

Morgan Raimond has been a metal smith and sculptor in San Francisco for the past 25 years. Recently he has been focusing on landscape design and gardening.

His most recent project blends metal with nature. He designed and crafted metal foliage and hand wrought iron gates and railings for the Jungle House in San Francisco, a private residence in Noe Valley.

The owners of the house hired San Francisco artist and drummer Prairie Prince to restore and enhance the exterior murals. At the same time they hired Morgan to design metal gates, railings and metal flowers to enhance the South East Asian jungle vibe.

The month-long project resulted in a series of stunning metal gates. Morgan used mild steel to create the bamboo rods, which he galvanized and painted. The bamboo gates are embellished with larger than life insects, butterflies and caterpillars.

The Double Butterfly Gate leads up the steps to the front door of the residence and the Centipede Gate leads down to the lower level.

Morgan is an avid gardener and fisherman and his knowledge of plants and animals worked seamlessly with the metal designs. His final projects for the Jungle House will include front landscaping to conceal a gas meter, including a topiary alligator made of drought resistant succulent and plants to enhance the curb appeal of this one-of-a-kind residence.

The Jungle House metal art projects inspired his most recent sculpture commission, a Blue Bird Phoenix. He designed the sculpture and built it as a memorial to his father Vincent Martin Raimond, who passed away on August 12, 2014. The Phoenix was unveiled and dedicated in a memorial grove of trees for Vincent in April 2015 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Morgan is available for sculpture and metal art commissions plus gardening and landscaping projects. For more information about his art projects and designs visit MorganRaimond.com.

 

Prairie Prince Rocks & Paints For Little Kids Rock Benefit

People use many words to describe The Tubes drummer and painter Prairie Prince: talented, peripatetic, generous, supportive and super busy, but they most often describe him simply as nice. Because of this inherent trait it comes as no surprise that he is donating his musical and artistic talents to a worthy cause near and dear to him, Little Kids Rock. This national nonprofit provides free lessons and instruments to underprivileged children in public schools and has served more than 160,000 students at over 1,200 schools in 25 cities.

In between touring with The Tubes and Todd Rundgren and various other music projects, Prince hand-painted a Fender guitar with the face of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix ablaze on it. Artist Stanley Mouse painted 2 “flying eyeball” guitars, which Prince clear-coated and assembled. Photographer Danny O’Connor snapped a few shots in Prince’s studio, painting, spraying and prepping the guitars for the auction block.

Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne headlines a Benefit Concert on Sunday, May 6 at George’s Night Club in San Raphael, Ca. Prairie Prince and his band will backup two Little Kids Rock bands. The Mayor of San Rafael has even proclaimed May 6, 2012 as Little Kids Rock Day.

Also on the auction block are guitars signed by Mark Knopfler, Carlos Santana, the Doobie Brothers and Chrissie Hynde.

Follow the event on Prairie Prince’s Facebook Page.