Monday, June 30, 2014

Hot tin roof: The rooftop tin man of Warwick, Rhode Island

Just when I thought I had seen every kooky attraction our former Eccentric Roadside home base of Rhode Island had to offer, I had a delightful surprise on a trip back to the Ocean State. After returning my rental car at the T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, the skywalk coveyer-belted me past a whimsical tin man sculpture on the roof of the E & M Sheet Metal Company headquarters on Fresno Road. Little online information exists about this fellow, even from the learned scholars of all such things Debra Jane Seltzer and, so I assume some mad, artistic sheet metal genius put this fine specimen together and got him up on the roof for all to admire. He makes a friendly greeter to all visitors who pass near Little Rhody's main airport, as if to say "Hey everybody, we're a little offbeat here in Rhode Island. Thanks for checking us out!" Or, in other words, Rhode Island is a little scrappy but we're not afraid to show our true mettle.

3 comments: said...

How cute!

Debra Jane Seltzer (aka agilitynut) said...

Excellent! I didn't know about this guy. Thanks for the plug, too.

bradshawh said...

I am married to tinman who created the rooftop tinman! I knew he would be recognized some day!
he also has a small version in my backyard. we also have 3 tin PIGS! very cool! hope all enjoy