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king kong bank

by Scott Nelles
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When it comes to money, you should never monkey around. Put your precious quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies in this miniature replica of the Empire State Building and rest assured that King Kong will ward off predators like little brothers or sneaky roommates. Beautifully made with keen attention to detail with a slightly sloping angle, this solid bank has a wonderful weight and antique finish, evoking another age. Coin slot is located on the side of the building; unscrew to retrieve coins. Handmade in Michigan by Scott Nelles.

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15" H x 5" W
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Scott Nelles

Scott Nelles

Scott Nelles works with bronze and aluminum using one of the most time-tested processes in existence: sand casting. This process involves building the object's shape from packed sand and then filling the cavity with molten metal. This process produces a subtle texture that adds to the character of each piece, making them seem handmade yet straight from the machine age.

Nelles' fascination with metal casting and clay sculpting began as a young boy. He began his 30-year career by educating himself at Western Michigan University, Oakland Community College and The Center for Creative Studies.

Of metal, he states, "I have created work in many different media, but I have always been led back to the same conclusion. There is nothing so durable, so inherently endowed with wealth of longevity and quality as metal." collection

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