Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


Tim Kaulen, turns scrap into giant toy treasures. In this case, that would be “one tin duck,” “one toy giraffe,” and a rearing steed complete with cowboy, “iron horseman.”

The three welded steel sculptures inspired by antique mechanical toys that weigh in the neighborhood of 1,500 pounds each.  They “pay homage to classic American tin and wooden toys from the turn of the century,” Kaulen says.

The sculptures are located on the grounds of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The three sculptures were built to hold plantings, thus the title he’s given the outdoor work, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” borrowed from the 15th-century painting by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. 

Excerpts from article written by Mary Thomas/Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Tin Duck


Iron Horseman


Steel Giraffe

The Journey is This, documents the transformation of a rusting smokestack into three giant animals. It is great fun to see the giraffe, the horse and the duck cruise straight through downtown Pittsburgh and then settle into their new home at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  See below video.




  1. I so admire artists like this. They look at the most mundane items and see something wonderful. That’s a talent I lack. Thanks for sharing, Francine.

  2. They are great fun 🙂

  3. Good fun made by great talent Francine. Oh how I’d love the giraffe in my front garden.

  4. Very impressive, imagination is a great thing.. 😉

  5. These are fantastic, Francine! I never cease to marvel at the excitement you find around every corner in Pittsburgh. 🙂

  6. I love fun art. there’s a kid inside all of us.

  7. Great talent. So creative!

  8. I think the iron horseman would be my favourite.

  9. I really love your pictures… So refreshing. They make me smile. Love it!

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