Gerald McCarthy placed the larger-than-life Galvanized Man outside his small shop in Ogdensburg, New York. “Plumbing, Heating, Cooling,” painted across the figure’s chest, was the sole indication that the building was the commercial establishment of a tin knocker, the regional name for sheetmetal workers. The message was clear and direct. The words described his product; the figure demonstrated his technique and materials.
Lynda Roscoe Hartigan Made with Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection in the National Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C. and London: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990)