Pipe Brothers is a collaborative show between sculptural artist Tom Franco, and his brother, maybe you’ve heard of him, James Franco. Both brothers have their own established followings in the arts, James of course being an actor, painter, and poet and Tom having his own art collective (Firehouse) as well as being an established artist.
There is a long history of artistic pipes in Phoenix. These are huge, larger than life industrial pipes. Thanks to the help of the Mission Clay Arts & Industry program. Clay pipes are a long lasting and environmentally friendly alternative to plastic and metal piping. The idea of clay pipes originally comes from Europe, while the pipes have been used in the States for about 200 years. Many large cities in the United States still use clay piping to this day.
Mission Clay brought these two brothers, their different strengths in tactility and material together, in order to keep a momentum in the relationship between the arts, industry, and infrastructure. The show also includes other pieces within ASU’s collection that are from Mission Clay projects.