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METALMOMENT

Gargantuan, Pet-Inspired Fountain

Center Stage in Canadian Park
SAMANTHA JONES
thousand miles
and across national borders, Robinson Iron,
of Alexander City, Alab., recently installed
their largest fountain to-date at Berczy Park
in Toronto, Canada.
Nestled within the center of the city's most
iconic green space, the 30,000-pound fountain
pays tribute to the 2,000 dogs and cats that
visit the park daily.
The fountain, a collaboration between
landscape architect Claude Cormier of Claude
Cormier + Associés and Robinson Iron, contains 27 dog statutes, a single cat and golden
bone as the crown. Not only that, but pug faces
adorn the circumference of the two tiers and
serve as waterspouts to fill its bottom trough
with drinking water for the city's furry friends.
While Claude Cormier + Associés provided
the design, it was Robinson Iron who brought
the engineering expertise to the make the
whimsical vision a reality.
"The dog sculptures were very interesting
and probably the most difficult to create...
sculptures like that can be a challenge even
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after the pattern work is done because
there may be a lot pieces to weld," said Luke
Robinson, sales and marketing manager of
Robinson Iron. "It's like a complex puzzle - the
joints need to be cleaned thoroughly, so as to
not have the seams show[ing]."
Composed of cast iron, stainless steel and
cast aluminum, the canine and feline masterpiece were almost all built in the company's
Alabama facility. Nearly every member of their
30-person team helped with its completion,
many of who are dog lovers.
"My mom has always been involved with
the Lake Martin Humane Society, and I can't
remember a time when my parents had fewer
than two dogs in the house," Robinson said.
In total, the fountain took about a year in a
half from beginning to end. J. Scott Howell,
one of Robinson Iron's founders and the
company's general manager, led the team
to transport the fountain to its Canadian home
this past July.
While the fountain is currently installed, the
water and some of the animal statues have

not yet been placed due to the winter season.
Berczy Park will officially reopen in spring
2017 where the fountain will be unveiled in
its entirety.
Although Robinson has not seen the fountain in person, hearsay from Howell is that it
is pretty glorious and inspiring.
"Hopefully this fountain will inspire
other unique ideas for fountains in other
locations. That seems to happen a lot with
us! Work begets more work as Scot ty
always says!"
About Robinson Iron
Based in Alexander City, Alab., Robinson
Iron specializes in the restoration, recreation
and new creation of cast metals. Built out
of the legacy of the 1946 Robinson Foundry,
Robinson Iron was the joint dream of brothers
Richard Robinson and Joe Robinson Jr., and
friend J. Scott Howell. Robinson Iron has a
wide range of specialties, including facades,
urns, stair treads and statues, with fountains
as its signature piece.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017

President’s Letter
NOMMA Network
Nomma Education Foundation
Dodge Planroom
The Hossfeld Bender
Common Challenges With Cable Railing Installations – and How to Overcome Them
2017 Top Job Winners Showcase
Skilled Employment Practices
Financing Acquisition Growth and Profits
Supplier Members
New Nomma Members & Iron Club Members
People
Products
Gargantuan, Pet-Inspired Fountain Center Stage in Canadian Park
Index of Advertisers
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - President’s Letter
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - NOMMA Network
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Nomma Education Foundation
O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Dodge Planroom
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - The Hossfeld Bender
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Common Challenges With Cable Railing Installations – and How to Overcome Them
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - 2017 Top Job Winners Showcase
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Skilled Employment Practices
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Financing Acquisition Growth and Profits
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Supplier Members
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - New Nomma Members & Iron Club Members
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Products
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