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Metal Sculpture Walking Tour

Come enjoy this public walking tour around Moravian Manor Communities to experience the many original metal sculptures created by resident Milt Machalek.

With 23 metal sculptures spread out around Moravian Manor Communities’ two campuses, this self-guided walking tour will lead you through our gardens, green spaces, and around campus buildings to each work of art, some with interactive installations. For an interactive experience, follow along with the audio links recorded by the artist himself!

Meet the artist!

Milt Machalek has quite a life story as a self-taught mechanic, research physicist, guest of the Soviet State, US-Russian businessman and in his later years, a metal sculptor. These unique pieces of artwork once dotted his and his wife’s farm property, but when they moved to Moravian Manor Communities, the sculptures made the move too to share with the greater Lititz community. Read more about Milt in our “Meet the Neighbors” series.

 Behind the Sculptures

Artist Milt Machalek welcomes you to the metal sculpture tour.

1. Waves, 2005

Southeast corner of Moravian Avenue
Ceramic, wave-shaped tiles in shades of aqua and green assembled in an arrangement of reducing rows that create a pattern of waves—much like wave patterns found in Chinese landscape painting. 

2. Barn Star, 2018 

Exterior wall of chapel along Lemon Street
Nine hand-forged, barn hinges positioned to form a star. No two exactly alike because they were made one at a time and most likely by different blacksmiths 150-200 years ago.

3. Walking Meditation, 2007

South Wing Entrance 
Seven pairs of steel railroad spikes create a figurative suggestion of seven people walking in silent meditation.

4. Gateless Gate, 2015

Outdoor Recreation Area (Wooded Area)
Kinetic (360-degree rotation) sculpture created by modifying an animal washing grill found in the barn on the artist’s former Lancaster County farm. An old Zen poem explains the “Gateless Gate.”

5. Mother Earth Rising, 1997

2nd Avenue, Manor Greene / Hagen Haus
An iron casting, part of a tobacco drying furnace from the artist’s former Lancaster County farm. Rescued and erected because of the resemblance  of a figure with face and arms rising overhead.

6. Sunrise, 2002

2nd Avenue, Manor Greene / Herbst Haus
Cast iron fire ring from tobacco drying furnace (“Jim’s Furnace”) with iron shot-put mounted inside to emulate a “Sunrise.” Assembly mounted on an old stone step.

7. Triple Bell, 2004

2nd Avenue, Manor Greene / Between Herbst Haus & Bechler
Nested oxygen cylinders cut into graduated lengths. The assembly is suspended inside welded pipe arch. A wooden clapper awaits passersby to play the bells.

8. Order-Chaos, 2005

521 W. 2nd Avenue, Garden Court Apartments
Steel roller chain welded, link-by-link, into an even, sinusoidal form, which then breaks up into chaos. From other side, chaos settles back into smooth motion. 

9. Heaven, Earth, Fire and Water, 2006

Courtyard between Baer Center & Garden Court Apartment (Along Lemon Street)
Weathered wooden posts hold “triads” of short and long cast iron bars, these triads representing Heaven (gas), Earth (solid), Fire (plasma) and Water (liquid), as illustrated in the world’s oldest known book the I Ching, (“Book of Changes”), the Chinese “horoscope.

10. Amish Sawmill, 2003

Corner of Lemon Street & MMC Main Entrance drive
Vintage steel saw blade from an Amish sawmill, set into a white concrete casting representing a tree trunk being sawn down the middle.

11. Wandering the Earth, 2006

Lemon Street / Main Entrance Portico
142 “feet” (the tops) cut off railroad spikes then welded heel-to-toe into an endless loop wrapped around to form a hollow sphere…as if these “feet” were “Wandering the Earth.”

12. Free All Beings, 2016

Founders Campus / McCloud Campus Center Lobby

Hundreds of steel chain links welded on the inside to form a hollow sphere. At one location, the “skin” has blown open. The sphere represents Earth and all the beings held prisoner, without cause, for various reasons and asking to “Free All Beings.”

Sculptures #13-22 are located in an interior courtyard. They can only be accessed from the main Lemon Street Entrance Mon – Fri, 8AM-6PM & Sat-Sun, 10AM-3PM.

13. Bats, 2006

Pairs of the teeth tips from “Amish Sawmill” welded together to form “bats” then mounted on a concrete disk, as if flying out of a cave.

14. Jim’s Furnace, 2006

Cast iron fire-box of tobacco drying furnace (fits to back of “Mother Earth Rising” and also contained “Sunrise” ring). Painted steel springs are “fire” inside.

15. Gravity, 2005

Two stainless steel cubes stacked and tipping over, the top cube sliding off the bottom, as all is about to fall, due to “Gravity.”

16. Musical Icon, 1999

Steel oxygen cylinder, bottom cut off to create a bell, suspended inside a genuine 125–150-year-old hand-forged “tire” from a Conestoga wagon. Clapper of lignum vitae wood hangs swinging alongside, similar to Japanese temple bells. Stepping back, the assembly might appear as a computer icon.

17. Aten, 2004

Various lengths of steel spring nested side-by-side inside a steel ring. The assembly rotates on a pivot, catching the sun at various angles, hence, a reminder of the ancient Egyptian sun disc, “Aten.”

18. The Sentinels, 2006

Five ribbed “ember shakers” rescued from old, small coal-fired heater stove. Stood on end, with added cast lead “heads,” these “ribbed” forms remind one of military sentinels.

19. Strobed Walk, 2004

The sculptor, once a physicist who used motion- stopping strobe lights, imagined railroad spike “legs” walking, but stopped in their action by a strobe. 19 spikes arranged in a cylinder give very different images, depending on the angle of observation. 

20. Tubular, 2004

Lengths of steel springs (as with “Aten” and “Impulse”) are nested, then welded, to form a hollow cylinder. Mounted on a swivel allows changing the way “Tubular” catches the sunlight.

21. Impulse, 2004

Welded lengths of steel spring (as with “Tubular” and “Aten”) are nested and trimmed to resemble an oscilloscope “pulse” seen in a science lab. 

22. Dharmachakra, 2004

In India, Dharmachakra means “Wheel of Truth.” An old iron wheelbarrow wheel with RR spike spokes rolls up a sloped rock. “Truth” is hard to find. 

The Warwick Woodlands Campus

23. Labyrinth, 2021

Tranquility Garden, Corner of Barn Owl Road & Lark Lane
Inspiration derives from triple spirals carved into the stone of Newgrange, the 5,200 year old prehistoric passage tomb built for an ancient Irish King in Ireland. This “vertical labyrinth” is a “please touch” work to accompany quiet meditation, contemplation, or prayer.

Labyrinth