Watch Sparks Fly, Celebration for Mr. Simmons

Mary Edna’s band, Lime and the Coconuts, played for a gathering honoring Philip Simmons, Charleston’s renowned ironworker. Simmons fashioned more than 500 decorative pieces of ornamental wrought iron — gates, fences, balconies and window grills. Mr. Simmons is 97 years old and a unifying force in the community. He taught perseverance and diligence about his art and became a lifelong friend to Mary Edna. They collaborated on two installations, her large-scale batiks on silk with his gazebo at Charleston International Airport and City Gates at the Visitor’s Center.

April, 1989 “Charleston Waterways” 74 yards x  36 feet, Charleston International Airport, SC

April, 1989 “Charleston Waterways” 74 yards x 36 feet, silk sculpture of the Charleston coastline. Designed gazebo with master blacksmith Philip Simmons, Architect: LS3P. Charleston International Airport, SC

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