Patterns of Meaning Exhibition at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

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Patterns of Meaning

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In late June 2021, Chip Barletto and Cory Bonnet acquired an unprecedented collection of foundry patterns dating from the late 1890’s to early 1900’s and blue prints- thousands of each. In that time we have moved ten 26 foot box trucks worth with another four or so to go. It is a massive undertaking.

The wooden patterns were hand built to exacting specification, then packed in foundry sand to create the molds used to cast steel parts.  Massive gears, crankshafts, valves, railcar wheels- just about anything needed to build the infrastructure of the late 1800-early 1900’s industrial world.

There will be regular updates with pictures of individual patterns, blueprints and more on this site and our social media pages: IG and FB @patterns_of_meaning

FOR NEWSLETTER UPDATES CONTACT: Cory Bonnet at corybonnet@gmail.com

Wonderful Article by: Jim Vinoski, Forbes

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The Barn

I stood at the top of steps speechless. Chip Barletto,  a scrap metal dealer from New Castle, PA was standing in the Barn with an ear to ear grin “I told you! I told you, you were gonna look around at the barn, look me- look around at the barn, look at me- and be speechless!”

The scale of it all, thousands of pristine, albeit dusty, wooden foundry patterns were stacked and piled floor to ceiling on the second floor of the 80’x40′ barn. It was incredible.

Chip was use to working in steel mills his entire life, where terms like “big” and “a lot” take on completely new meanings from the outside world. The scale of everything in the mills is magnitudes greater than ordinary objects.

I found my voice, “Let’s start moving.”

Photos by: Tim Hickman

FOR UPDATES CONTACT: Cory Bonnet at corybonnet@gmail.com