With every swing of the hammer self-taught artist Larry Meeks feels like
he's taking one step closer to immortality. "It will be in the next
generation and generations to come so it makes me feel like I am doing
something for tomorrow," Meeks said. During his 25 years in state
government Meeks sometimes found meaning hard to come by. Even as he rose
through the ranks he found his passion competing with his profession for
attention. That passion was art-the creation of steel sculptures both
for the home and especially for the yard.
In 1992 fate came calling. A new governor was in and Meeks was out. The
coast was clear for art all the time. These days he delights in the time
spend pounding red-hot steel into all kinds of shapes. "You've got
the forges going. You've got a lot of noise. I'm beating, hammering and
sweating and at the end of the day I really feel like I've worked,"
Meeks' works are located in some pretty public places like the state
Capitol Rose Garden and McKinley Park in Sacramento. He's also building
up quite a list of private clients who are pleased Meeks' designs adorn
their yards. "He enjoys doing something that beautiful and takes
great care in everything he does," said client Larry Carter.