Metal Rose Artistry

By Maria Allen | Photography by Jack Foley

Adam Parent was raised in a family where creativity was cherished. The son of artist Donna Green, known for her ethereal illustrations and paintings, Parent has always had an appreciation for the beauty of nature. A landscaper by trade, and the farm manager at his mother’s nonprofit, the Magical Moon Foundation, Parent spends his days designing gardens, fixing fences and working with his hands in the earth. In his spare time, his artistic tendencies led him to dabble in fine art painting and metal work—creating romantic floral sculptures out of sheets of cold, hard steel.

“Both of my parents are very creative,” says Parent. “I’ve been watching my mother paint since I was a kid.” He first got the idea to make a metal rose as a gift for a friend who was obsessed with the story “Beauty and the Beast.” Experimenting with different techniques, he gradually taught himself how to shape metal into lifelike flowers. “I build the stem first,” says Parent, who spends hours heating and hammering a metal rod into shape before cutting out pieces of steel for the leaves and petals. He painstakingly smooths and curls the edges until they’re just the right shape and welds them into a bloom. Rather than painting his sculptures, Parent torches them to bring out the gold, purple and blue hues in the metal. As an added touch for friend’s “Beauty and the Beast” rose sculpture, Parent encased the flower inside a glass globe and surrounded it with “fallen” metal petals.

Each rose takes Parent at least a day to make. So far, he has created 20 flowers of various sizes and has sold several at art shows and through the gallery at Magical Moon Farm in Marshfield. He is occasionally commissioned to create custom flower sculptures. Most recently, he designed a metal water lily for his mother’s birthday, complete with a carved metal frog that he forged from an old railroad spike he found on the property.

While Parent doesn’t currently have a website for his art, examples of his sculptural work can be viewed at Donna Green’s studio at Magical Moon Farm in Marshfield.

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