Lily Erb

Lily Erb is an artist, nurturer and television enthusiast. Grass-fed and locally-raised here in Charlottesville, she flew north to attend Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts for her undergraduate degree. Though she spent the requisite post-college year avoiding home, she’s proud to be back in the C-ville again. She spends her days welding at Metal Inc. under the wing of Lauren Danley, watching 30 Rock, and providing childcare for several lovely families in the area. In her sculptures, Lily uses steel to play with the tension between the repetition and sporadic growth that creates organic forms. Her most recent work explores the isolation of landscape elements by containing them within fabricated angular forms.


I will create 30 steel sculptures comprised of layered organic curves. The pieces are based on geographical formations but articulated with flowing lines instead of solid shapes.

These pint-sized sculptures are loosely based on mountain ridges, formed by connecting 13 uniquely curved pieces of round stock to a circular base. These pieces will be able to hang from the ceiling, on a wall or, simply set on a table.  Each piece will be painted a different vibrant color.

The Blue Ridge Mountains have always been my greatest inspiration so the pieces have a distinctly local feel to them.