Joe Burleigh


I am a Colorado native, raised in Grand Junction. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past 30 years, where I raised my two children with my wife Debra. For the past 20 years, I have run my own business at the Roaring Forge LLC, a Blacksmiths Cooperative. I specialize in home furnishing, lighting, decorative, and architectural metals for the construction and design trades. I have also been creating public sculpture since 1996 and currently have permanent pieces displayed in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Sheridan, Wyoming; Chevy Chase Maryland, and Morristown, New Jersey. Temporary displays include public art pieces in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Lake Oswego, Oregon. Most of my sculpture is kinetic or interactive in some way. My ambition is not to be a manager but to be a proficient craftsman and maker with my favorite material “steel”. My goal is to create durable, unique and attractive objects which satisfy my urge to create new things and which appeal to people of all ages.

Carbondale, CO


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Astrologic Joe Burliegh

photo by Christine Williams-Dunton

Media:  Steel

Dimensions: 28" w x 48" h


This Sculpture has moving parts. The sphere can spin and the arm which holds it is articulating. There is a chime inside the Sphere as well for a bit of sonic stimulation. I built it a while back and though it may appear to be symbolic of something it is not. I just thought a Spiked Planet in the format of a classic Globe would be cool.