Tom Christiansen’s interest in metal work was sparked at an early age while watching his uncle Bob weld on farm equipment in rural Nebraska. In grade school he developed an interest in art. In high school he was encouraged to put the two interests together with sculpture. Tom attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA from the University of Minnesota.
A variety of jobs in industry and the arts led Tom to become a self-employed artist in the 1980s. In the 1990s Tom built Last Chance Fabricating LLC, a sculpture studio, bronze-casting facility, foundry and gallery. In the ensuing years Tom has pursued his personal art work for showing in galleries and has worked collaboratively with designers, architects, business groups, committees and individuals to create unique pieces for different needs and purposes.
Sunbather Coffee Table
6 foot tall figure cast from cardboard pattern in bronze. She fans herself when the wind blows.
7 foot tall portrait of a cowboy caught au natural. In cast bronze from cardboard pattern.
One of many horses made from random cast off pieces of metal.
One of several sculptures created in the same theme.
12" tall made from bronze scraps. Representative of many others I have done.
March to Troy
Bronze, iron wire, steel, 22X30 inches
Cast bronze 12", this piece was in the duluth Art Instiute 2015 Biannual
Iron, steel, bronze, stainless steel
Steel and paint on 6' stem
Forged and fabricated bronze, stainless steel, 30 inches tall
Cast bronze, life size.
Tom Christiansen, Public Sculpture
Tom enjoys working collaboratively with others to create sculpture for public spaces. He keeps everyone informed using pictures and dialog to describe the process and update progress. Tom has the ability to work in different styles of sculpture and has created architectural elements for buildings and homes.
Over the past 20 years Tom has created public art for The Emily Project, St. Paul, Minn.; Duluth Public Safety Building, Duluth, Minn.; Veterans Memorial, Dunbar Wis.; First Lutheran Church, Duluth, Minn.; St. Paul Academy, St. Paul, Minn.; Norcroft, Lutsen, Minn.; Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.; Veterans Memorial, Grand Portage, Minn.; North Oaks Village Center, North Oaks, Minn.; and many other private collections.
Duluth Public Safety Building
Cast bronze sculpture created for the new Duluth/St. Louis County Public Safety Building. A joint facility for City of Duluth Police and St. Louis County Sherriff's Department.
Duluth Police Officer
7 feet tall
St. Louis County Deputy
6 feet 7 inches
Cast bronze 36 inches, Commission for St. Paul Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota, Modeled after a piece created by Paul Granlund for the school years earlier of two boys competing.
Cardboard pattern bench cast in bronze. North Oaks, Minnesota You can sit on his knee.
A cast bronze fountain created for North Oaks Village Center, Minnesota. 58 inches
Cast bronze eagle created for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Veterans Memorial. Grand Portage, Minnesota.
Cast bronze woman, life size, about to take the plunge. Norcroft Women's Writing Retreat, Lutsen, Minnesota.
Life sized cast bronze eagle for Dunbar Veterans Memorial, Dunbar, Wisconsin.
Tofte Commercial Fishing Museum
Cast bronze and stainless steel depiction of the fish important to commercial fishing in Lake Superior, Tofte, Minnesota. Casting done from actual fish.
A Bouquet of Bronze Con-caves
Created for a memorial at Emily's Place, St. Paul, Minnesota. 68 inches
Bench in cast bronze from cardboard pattern in memoriam of Janet Thayer. Installed in front of Johnson Herritage Gallery, Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Puzzle Tree or Art on a Stick
17 foot tall fabricated Aluminum sculpture for the Grand Marais Library
Tom Christiansen, Memorials and Urns
Tom has been called upon to create special sculptures to commemorate lives. He feels this is some of his most meaningful work.
You may contact Tom to create a custom piece with and for you or a loved one. Or choose among his latest creations.
Cast bronze Urn, 11 inches
Memorial for Judith
18 inches, Bronze, stainless and titanium in honor of Judith Gesch, artist, dancer, choreographer and educator.
"Tom really got a true sense of the creative force that was my mother. The delightful, free-dancing spirit he created around her hip replacement parts has been a joy to share. His creation was an integral part of Mom's Life Celebration and continues to bring joy as we remember her."
Peta, Judith's daughter
Life size cast bronze portrait
Sun and Moon
Cast bronze Amphora on bronze stand, 18 inches
Soaring Over the Wheat Field
Fabricated bronze and nickel silver, 12 inches
Cast bronze grave marker, cast from a birch tree stump, hollow to allow for growing her favorite flowers. 22 inches