Monson Artist Peter Mayberry Creates "MAC" the Dragon
hen Monson artist Peter Mayberry retired from his welding business, almost 20 years ago, he wanted to
transform his years of acquired skill working with metals to do something unique. Installing his tools and
metals in his home garage workshop, he began creating metal objects. He made a series of metal fish, coloring the metals with heat in the welding process.
Photo by Dan Mayberry
Friends and family loved his fish, so he showed them to an artist friend, Holly Murray of Wilbraham. She encouraged him to realize he was creating art, and to consider selling his work. He began his artistic career by selling the colorful metal fish at the Mattoon Street Craft Fair.
Since then Mayberry has entered and won prizes in many Monson Arts Council art shows — his work has taken third, second and in 2018 First Prize as sculptural art. Working with his wife, Carol, he sells work in our annual Holiday Craft Fair, and in other premier regional art fairs. He was awarded Best of Show in the Monson Arts Council “For the Birds” Show in 2017, and received a 3rd place at the Mystic, CT art show.
Peter attributes his success to his faith in God and years of loyal assistance from Carol and other family members.
How “Mac” the Dragon was Created
Mayberry thought long and hard about constructing a life size dragon. The sculpture includes close to five hundred small stainless steel pieces cut to 1” x 6”-12”, each welded individually to ten ½” x 8’ re-bar rods cut and shaped to form the outline of the dragon. His total effort took three years, working whenever time and energy permitted.
Small stainless pieces designed to be reflective from the start, were shaped and bent with pliers creating multiple surfaces — to resemble scales. The scales resulting from this slow and arduous process were welded to the rebar frame with a heli-arc welder using a silicone bronze material.
The dragon head was made using copper. The teeth are formed from stainless steel. Mac’s eyes are marbles, glued into shaped eye cavities, using a special powerful adhesive.
Mac will sit in front of the House of Art at 200 Main Street. He’ll be placed on a triangular shaped piece of Monson granite, donated by the Monson Highway Department. Contributors of $100 or more will be recognized with their names engraved in stones surrounding the sculpture, designed to set it off and protect it. Mayberry will be designated with his own stone as sculptor.
Photo by Drew Soucy
Thank you for being a part of this project to bring “Mac” the Dragon to Monson’s Main Street!