Raised in Washington State, Anthony Holand recognized his passion for metal sculpting early in life. While harvesting wheat and barley on his family farm, Anthony found himself drawn to the metal that a working farm produces as a means of artistic expression. Early work in stainless steel and found objects developed into lost-wax bronze casting throughout college and a desire to develop his love for metal sculpting further.
A trip to Martha’s Vineyard the summer of 1996 held a surprise opportunity. Celebrity sculptor Travis Tuck was seeking an apprentice and Anthony’s experience and natural ability made him the logical choice.
As an integral part of the Travis Tuck studio, Anthony had worked on over 50 custom weathervanes. His input and sculpting was an important part of the studio completion of the largest full-bodied weathervane in the world: the Nittany Lion weathervane commissioned for Penn State’s Beaver Stadium. “Anthony did the Lion’s Share” said Tuck
In 2002 Travis proudly announced the formation of a new enterprise: Tuck & Holand Metal Sculptors, in recognition of his former protégé’s level of accomplishment and in the hopes that Anthony’s talented hands would guide the studio into the next generation.
“My work begins with a flat sheet of copper and ends with an heirloom-quality piece of art built to last for centuries, all accomplished completely by hand.” says Anthony Holand. “This is especially satisfying with the custom weathervanes, where I bring to life a design that has real significance for the family, individual or business we are working with.”
Using the traditional copper repousse technique to create unique designs, Anthony has realized his artistic and personal vision.
TRAVIS TUCK 1943-2002
Travis Tuck was born in New York City and would learn his craft there 25 years later. After a stint in the Army, studies at NYU and a summer working on Martha’s Vineyard, he took a part-time job with noted Dutch artisan, Hans Van De Bovenkamp, an internationally recognized metal sculptor. He spent four years developing his skills sculpting alongside Van De Bovenkamp on huge architectural metal pieces and managing the production schedule for the busy studio, before leaving to realize his own artistic vision in a small studio on 28th street. A year later, he was still thinking of his experiences on the Vineyard and moved there to live and work in 1970.
Travis continued to sculpt, and he and his wife were instrumental in forming the Martha’s Vineyard Artworker’s Guild. The Guild was a seventies-style artist’s collective, located in an old building on State Road owned by James Taylor and Carly Simon. Travis produced sculptures in copper and wrought iron, but had never built a weathervane until 1974 when he obtained the commission to create a shark to top Quint’s shack for the film “Jaws”.
This weathervane changed the course of his career and today his weathervanes grace public buildings and private homes on Martha’s Vineyard and around the world. He is considered the world’s premier weathervane artist and in this regard is generally credited with reviving the copper repoussé technique.
“Most weathervanes are fashioned by hammering sheets of copper into molds made from an original wooden carving. My technique is entirely freehand, there is never a mold. This makes every one of my weathervanes an entirely new sculpture. Each hammer blow is part of the creative process.”
Travis Tuck died on November 18, 2002 at his studio/home in Vineyard Haven of mesophelioma.