John Martinson • Galena, IL • Metal Sculpture

John Martinson was born in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1948.  He has a degree in sociology from Gustavus Adolphus College and studied art at U.W. Madison from 1974 to 1976. 

He and his wife moved to Galena in 1979 to operate the Galena Blacksmith Shop and Gallery.


In 1986 he opened his own studio, which has grown to become West Street Sculpture Park, where visitors are welcome to mingle with more than a dozen large (and many smaller) welded steel sculptures tucked into two acres of paths and woods on Galena’s south side.  Martinson has produced a large body of work over the last 30 years. 

He mixes new materials with old tools, farm machinery, and found objects to create original works.


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