About Us

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Our Story

Detroit Gallery of Metals is a cultural institution established to celebrate, preserve, and explore the role of metal arts in Detroit and around the World. From Benin Bronze sculptures of West Africa, and iron elements of the  Industrial Revolution, ornamental metalworks from the Detroit’s most  historic architecture, to the future of sustainable metal arts technology, the Detroit Gallery of Metals is a wonderland of metal arts and history. 

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About the Founder

Founded by Carlos Nielbock, a modern-day alchemist and Master Metal Craftsmam, known for  transforming raw metal into beautiful things, he has been using that talent to renew the faded beauty of Detroit’s magnificent old buildings for almost 30 years.  C.A.N. Art Handworks,  an ornamental metal handcrafting studio on Detroit’s east side has  worked relentlessly to restore 


Detroit’s skyline to it's original  grandeur as the "Paris of North America." Detroit Gallery of Metals is located at CAN Art Handworks Inc. Headquarters in the Eastern Market District in Detroit.

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Preservation of Metal Arts

Born in Celle, Germany, Nielbock has been bending iron since he was 14. He  specializes in reproducing historical, decorative architecture found  decorating some of Detroit's most historic buildings from the Fox Theatre to Belle Isle.

Renowned for his meticulous attention to  detail and beauty, he is a foremost authority in Detroit for historic preservation and conservation of metalworks, and has been collecting historic metal artifacts and curiosities for over 30 years.  Due to his extensive collection, he  was named a major custodian of metals art and by Unesco, and is an International Unesco Ambassador representing Detroit as a City of Design.

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Carlos Nielbock featured in TBD Magazine,