NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Industrial Museum’s exhibit of metal miniatures crafted by Abraham Megerdichian will close on Saturday, Jan. 28, culminating with a presentation on the artist’s life and work.
Megerdichian, who died in 1983, was a machinist living and working in Massachusetts when, in his 30s, he began machining his interpretations of everyday objects from scrap blocks of aluminum, brass, copper and stainless steel.
His earliest items were utilitarian, domestic and full-size, and included handles, knives, letter openers, candle snuffers, ashtrays, vases, pots, door knockers, salt and pepper shakers, a soap dish, a rolling pin of solid aluminum, a lawn sprinkler and tools.
As his technical proficiency increased, his pieces became more intricate and smaller, often including many small parts, according to Karen Hudkins, director of the museum. Among these items created to please and amuse were jewelry, doll house furniture, a cash register, a miniature vacuum cleaner, a tool box with individual tools, toy trucks, cars and a train set.
During his working life, Megerdichian created over 400 objects, a number of which will be on view until the exhibit closes. The artist’s son, Robert, will be on hand on Jan. 28 to discuss the collection and his father’s work and life.
The museum, at 185 Main St. in the CCSU/ITBD building, is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 860-832-8654 or visit www.nbindustrial.org .