Joel Geiger, Slidell’s I.D.eel Man of Steel

January 24, 2014 | Updated: 7:48 p.m., January 24, 2014

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For our story, WGNO asked Slidell Metal Artist Joel Geiger to create a “little” something metal.

Instead, he created “a lot” of something metal.

Joel’s vibrant multi-colored, three dimensional, metal WGNO sign is big a hit around the station!

“Real reminiscent of Simon’s work,” says Joel. “Because it’s going to be News with a Twist and everything.  But I kind of wanted to do my own thing. So, in the spirit of Simon!”

Assembling bank machine parts from sheets of steel is how Joel saw a different way to cut out a living, “Kind of went from building little rectangular frames to man, I can design a whole scene.”

Gears shift, giving new life to majestic 3-D visions of New Orleans, sliced and diced from metal and mind, “Some of these I like to go with an antique look. It’s actually rust. I use a little vinegar on the steel, paint and then use an automotive clear coat.”

Like any true artist, their inspiration breathes imaginative strength, “This is my beautiful wife Christina Geiger. My sweetheart, right here. She’s my events coordinator.”

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Christina’s on it, “Whether it be just helping someone connect with a piece of art they enjoy or if it’s someone who wants to rent out the shop.”

I.D.eel Design in Olde Slidell is a metal artwork exhibit gallery, Christina says has purpose, “We’re helping to revitalize Olde Town and that’s a huge thing.”

For a man redefining ‘metal head,’ new ideas keep flowing. “Making my business sign,” says Joel, “I realized we could do signs for other businesses. Came down, got a sign made and next thing I know every person on the street wanted one.”

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Christina says I.D.eel Design’s metal artwork must be seen to believe “The three- dimensionality of it doesn’t really jump out until you are in front of the art.”

Joel says strategy from here is to cherish life, expand creativity and of course, keep the pedal to the metal, “It’s all metal. It’s just starting now. I don’t know where it’s going to go.”

 

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CONTACT SLIDELL METAL ARTIST JOEL GEIGER

I.D.eel Design

2260 Carey St. Ste 4

Slidell, LA 70458

Phone: 985.710.0126

Website – http://www.ideeldesign.com/

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