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Tom Risser has been creating art for 15 years. He's produced thousands of pieces out of different metals that are on display at his two properties.

Risser says art is for sharing, though, and not just to be displayed on his private property.

He wants to lend his pieces out to any public setting that's willing to take them. He currently has art in Matthews, N.C. and Fort Mill, S.C., as well as other spots around the country. He would like to localize his art further, however, by bringing some of his large collection to a town, city, etc.

His goal is to get towns, cities, etc. from all around to display his work where it can inspire those who would like to create works of their own.

"If you can put it in a public setting I think it touches people more," Risser said. "...If a town, any town approached me, I love doing art and I really just need an excuse to be honest with you."

Risser says it wasn't until he was 35 when he first started creating art out of metal. He said it's never too late to s art as long as you're not afraid to make mistakes.

"Failure isn't fatal," Risser said.

 Risser had art displayed in Waxhaw for a number of years but it was removed roughly six years ago when the town said it needed to rework it's art plan. Few pieces remain, mostly by a skate park he built in downtown, but the town is operating under a new interim manager who told My Fox Carolinas they would welcome him to apply his artwork to be placed in downtown -- but no definite answer on the return of his work was made.

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