For five years
Riesel endowed their properties with beautiful ornamental works that
have continued to evoke admiration. In this book, Leslie provides
a fascinating description of Riesel’s creative process, from discussing
how he got his ideas (dreaming was important), through a step-by-step
discussion of the construction of an artwork in iron.
The second part
of the book is devoted to Hopkins-Hughs’ black and white photographs.
In these, she manages to harmonize her work with Riesel’s, giving
the viewer a wealth of information about his art.
From massive ranch
gates to airy railings to intricate chandeliers, Riesel turned out
— and Hopkins-Hughs captures— masterpiece after masterpiece in wrought
iron, creating a legacy that still endures.