Mickey Watcher, 2006
Powder coated aluminum and steel
On the Median at 11th St. & Broadway
Primarily a Public Art sculptor, Jim Collins sculpture style uses silhouette figures constructed of stainless steel, brass, and painted steel. Collins (Born in Huntington WV) was a Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee from 1966 until 1983 when he resigned that teaching position to devote full time to his career as a professional artist.
The Watcher Series started in 1978 made with mild steel. Over the years Collins have added Watchers in wood, copper, brass, stainless steel, painted steel and aluminum. Each Watcher is unique either by material, color, size or location. The peaceful figure of the seated man has progressed to approximately 100 individual sculptures and can be found in both public and private collections from Maine to Florida with the majority located in the Southeastern United States. In 2004 the Watcher Family went international with the Black and Amber Watcher perched at Langton’s in Kilkenny Ireland and two Watchers are sitting at the County Council Building in Limerick Ireland.