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IPF Craftsmanship: Larry Ezzo


May 24, 2016

Growing up in the East Lansing area, Larry Ezzo, IPF metal worker mechanic, spent plenty of time exploring Michigan State University’s campus as a kid. Now, many years later, he is one of the dedicated IPF staff members working to create and maintain the beautiful campus MSU is known for.

“It’s a nice feeling. It’s a full circle for me,” said Ezzo, who has been working on campus for 26 years.

Ezzo’s first few years were spent at Kresge Art Center before he joined IPF about 22 years ago. He has since crafted a number of pieces on campus, including replicas of lanterns, corrections to signage and frames for artwork.

Three metalwork lanterns
Lantern crafted by Ezzo for the front gates of Pentecost Plaza at Old College Field, below, replicated from lanterns at Jenison Fieldhouse, above.
A lantern by a gate

Lantern outside Mason Hall
Original lantern at front door of Mason Hall, above, and replacement crafted by Ezzo, below.
Larry Ezzo standing a lantern he created

Maple frame and plaque in Morrill Hall of Agriculture
Maple frame and plaque in Morrill Hall of Agriculture, crafted by Ezzo during his time working with Kresge Art Center.

“It’s a wonderful career,” Ezzo said. “The people at IPF are wonderfully skilled, and the opportunities we get are endless. Anything that comes in the door we’re able to fix, repair, reproduce and build. It’s just what we do here.”