36 posts tagged Metal
36 posts tagged Metal
Indonesian artist Ono Gaf turns a great big heaps of scrap metal and junk into amazing animal sculptures. His latest creation is this awesome giant turtle. The colossal chelonian is made of hundreds of individual metal components, including tools, tractor rotors, springs, instruments and all sorts of car and bike parts.
Visit the Jakarta Post to learn more about Ono Gaf and his artwork.
Photos by Gina Sanderson
We can’t stop staring at these breathtakingly dramatic wire sculptures by Staffordshire, England-based sculptor Robin Wight. He specializes in transforming lengths of stainless steel wire into beautiful fairies who appear to be exulting in power of the wind as it scatters the seeds of giant dandelions they hold or trees and blades of grass to which they cling.
Visit Robin Wight’s website and Facebook page to view more of his wonderful wire fairies and click here to learn about Wight’s painstaking process for creating these fantastic pieces. He even offers DIY Fairy Sculpture Starter Kits so you can make your own.
This awesome animated video for “Tharsis Sleeps" by metal band Throne may be the world’s first frame-by-frame embroidered music video. Each and every frame (and there are many) is a piece of embroidery. The video was directed by band member Nicos Livesey.
"The original inspiration for the video came from denim-clad rockers covered in their favourite band’s patches at heavy metal gigs. After Livesey realised that he could use a Brother embroidery machine like a printer, stitching out each animation frame, he went through a painstaking process to bring the video to life."
Head over to Nicos Livesey’s website for process photos and more information about this fantastic project.
South Dakota-based artist John Lopez (previously featured here) creates awesome life-size sculptures of animals by welding together pieces of scrap metal, often pieces of abandoned farm machinery collected from local ranchers and farmers that he’s known since he was a kid. The creatures he creates are so lifelike that it’s hard to believe their myriad parts and pieces were ever used for anything else.
Cuttlefish are awesome but, as much as we’d like to have a little cuttlefish friend, it’s probably not a good idea to try to keep one as a pet. Thankfully we just discovered this shiny alternative that could happily live in our pockets.
Designed by Bathsheba Sculpture, this beautiful cuttlefish is made of solid steel and functions as a bottle opener. They’re also available in bronze and plastic (but without the bottle opener functionality). Click here to order.
New Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta repurposes everyday materials, turning them into iconic symbols and creating awesome sculptures like this skull made of stainless steel containers and kitchen utensils. Entitled Very Hungry God, the striking 8 foot tall sculpture weighs nearly a ton. It was made in 2006 for the Nuit Blanche annual all-night art festival in Paris.
Here’s how Subodh Gupta described his piece:
"My work was conceived to be shown in a church in Barbes on the outskirts of Paris which is largely inhabited by an immigrant population. I made the work in response to the stories I read in the news about how soup kitchens in Paris were serving food with pork so that Muslims would not eat it. It was a strange and twisted form of charity that did not continue for long but raised conflicting ideas of giving and the way we have become now.
Outside the church I served vegetarian daal soup as a form of “prasad” (in India when you go to a temple or a guduwara you are offered food with the blessing). I liked the mix of the Catholic church and my intervention using a symbol that many artists have used before – the skull – and its many connotations.”
Chinese sculptor Zheng Lu uses Chinese characters, over 20,000 of them, to create beautiful and awesomely intricate stainless steel sculptures. They’re works of calligraphy that’s been lifted from the page and used to form three dimensional objects.
"The characters used are all chosen from Chinese texts and poems. For example, the sculpture that looks like a splash of water is cunningly crafted from the lines of the poem Wan Zhi Shui ("Playing With Water") written by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi. This playfulness with details can be seen throughout Lu’s work."
Lithuanian artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė uses cross-stitch embroidery to adorn metallic objects such as plates, spoons, pot lids, lamps, rusty tin cans, pails and shovels, even automobiles. Some of her pieces feature traditional floral motifs while others are much more unusual and playful - the ashtray appears to contain stubbed out ends of cigarettes. The spoon reflects the mouth of the person about to eat from it.
Visit Severija’s website to check out many more examples of her awesome embroidery.
Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Yılmaz created this incredibly awesome lion sculpture using nearly 4,000 pieces of scrap metal. He spent almost a year working on this piece, which required hand-cutting and hammering each of those 4,000 pieces of metal.
Yılmaz named his sculpture Aslan, which is the Turkish word for Lion, and immediately makes us think of “the great Lion” Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. The big, shiny cat weighs about 550 pounds (250 kg) and makes us want to travel to Narnia.
Check out more of Selçuk’s artwork via Behance.
Head over to Colossal for more photos of this magnificent metal king of beasts.
Here’s another incredibly awesome snake skeleton created by French/Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping (previously featured here). Entitled Serpent d’océan, this giant skeletal sea serpent is an aluminum sculpture that resides outside of Nantes, France just off the shore of the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay.
"Measuring nearly 425 feet (130 meters) in length the curving skeleton mirrors the curves of the nearby Saint-Nazaire bridge and was created as a permanent work for the final Estuaire contemporary art exhibition in 2012.”
One of our favourite things about this marvelous sculpture is that how the viewer perceives it varies greatly depending on the weather, the tide, and where you’re standing. Sometimes the serpent appears to be slithering across the surface of the water, emerging from it, or unsettlingly lurking, perhaps in wait for potential prey. In addition to the photos seen here, there are lots of others on Flickr providing beautiful examples of this effect.