Much of the metal art at Ironworks Events has been designed by Michael B. Pocock. His sculptures are intended to provoke and explore the viewer’s emotional connection to places, moments and iconic symbolism.
Prior to his work as a sculptor, Michael apprenticed as a blacksmith (farrier) at Toronto’s Greenwood Raceway in the late seventies and early eighties. During this time Michael studied with a Master Blacksmith, shoeing over 10,000 horses. “From my experience with horses I developed a sort of Dr. Dolittle way of communicating with these powerful animals, through their body language.” Witnessing the behavior of horses has translated to Michael’s interest in representing animal, human and nature forms through the
sculptural medium of metal.
When asked about the source of his interest in sculpture for sport, he replies, “I love creating sport sculpture because of the challenge. Capturing the individual nuances of an athlete then representing this glory to the viewer”. Critics have noted that Michael is able to capture the higher, perhaps spiritual state attained by athletes at the greatest level of skill. These transcendent moments push the individual beyond the competitive arena to mystically join with the water, wind or mountain elements in a state of harmony with nature.