Scott Edouard Martinet worked in Paris for years as a graphic artist before turning to sculpture. His latest works use scrap metal mainly recovered from old cars, bikes and mopeds to create anatomically perfect animals.
This short documentary follows his process for creating sculptures that are contradicting in the sense that they’re both beautiful and, well, junk.
Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants – little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Credit: Lars W. Jensen
Based in Denmark, Dambo is the world’s most prominent ‘recycle artist,’ best known for giant troll sculptures all made from reclaimed materials.
The artist is fusing pieces from a broken generator, recycled kitchen utensils and collected scrap metal to create a metal fish.
New Zealand-based artist Louise McRae works with pieces of discarded wood that are hand-split into small fragments and then carefully reassembled into intricate wall sculptures.
“Perception of Insanity“ by Jun Orland Espinosa
“We chose ‘Salvage’ as our title because of its great impact,” Jeanroll told Panay News. “What may first come to mind is an act of killing, [but seeing our pieces] you may begin to realize that [through our art] we aim to rescue something from complete destruction.”
BN Steel and Metals owner Mark Riffel calls the metal recycled dinosaur in front of his shop Rusty. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)
“There is a reuse side to things that [don’t] just have to be melted down and made into the same old piece of steel or plate or pipe. There’s a creative side.”
“Fish Fish” Mixed media 12″H x 16 1/4″W
I thought my art career would be as a painter but three years ago I signed up for my first art show and started working with recycled materials. At the time I had no idea that these assemblages would become my passion and take me along an entirely different artistic path.
Phyllida Barlow for the High Line. Image via High Line Art
A prime example of adaptive reuse, The High Line provides the perfect context for Barlow, known for her use of throwaway materials, and the presentation of her work.
All of the giants are produced from recycled wood, material that was gathered by Dambo and his team from 600 pallets, a shed, an old fence, and various other sources. Using local volunteers to build the works, Dambo then names each sculpture after one of the builders, such as Teddy Friendly . You can see more images of the oversized sculptures on Dambo’s website. (via Bored Panda)
The sculpture has been renamed as well, to Simon and Anine. Once again, the sculpture was erected using recycled materials donated by the hardware store. Anine and a few friends helped Dambo and his team with the rebuild.
Using sourced and reclaimed materials is at the heart of Holmes’ practice, carefully transforming the untidy elements into aesthetically crafted pieces. “At first glance my work my appear oddly familiar or utilitarian,” says Holmes in her artist statement, “but on closer inspection of the materials and their re-contextualization, the viewer may need to reconsider initial ideas as they discover more layers of meaning.”
Kraaijeveld’s pieces have all been beautifully created from genuine, coloured vintage wood that the artist himself collects as he travels the globe: from abandoned buildings in the Mojave Desert to 16th century Dutch mansion floors. Given that a single work can require over a hundred pieces of different wood, this process is as vital and impactful as the actual assemblage of the found materials.
Heather Patterson builds three dimensional sculptural mosaics using found wood, sea glass, ceramics and metals. Collecting the unremarkable evidence left behind — items that are washed up on a beach or tossed on the street, construction materials from demolitions and renovations–Patterson takes what is overlooked and connects them to a new purpose.
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system.
The sculpture features analogue weather gauges and antique gas lanterns. The backing is made of the remnants of die-cut metal, and the effect is almost delicate — the huge piece of sculpture is a latticework of framing.
Bagley rescues his materials from all over. The wood he has used in two of his most recent pieces, including Looking Glass Prairie, came from demolition sites around downtown Oklahoma City. When the construction began for the extension of Interstate 40, quite a few buildings downtown had to be demolished.
“Most of those buildings were built in the 1950s, and they were all new growth, most of it Douglas fir,” Bagley said. “They were literally paying to have it dumped in a hole in the ground.”
Bagley saw potential in that wood, and it was too beautiful to pass up. He said that no one even challenged him when he took it. With a coat of clear varnish and Bagley’s transformative powers, what was destined for disposal became art.
by: PHOTO COURTESY: CCC – Christopher Wagner’s ‘Standing Coyote’ is among 15 sculptures in ‘Solitary Gestures’ opening Jan. 13 in the Alexander Gallery.
“Solitary Gestures” showcases approximately 15 sculptural works that explore figurative and animal forms constructed of reclaimed materials such as lumber, hog skin and paint.
Wagner’s work aims to emphasize the spiritual or intellectual longings of humans. His formal depiction of both human and animal forms uses elongation of limbs and necks to convey a yearning to extend beyond ourselves.
PHOTO COURTESY: CCC – Christopher Wagner’s ‘A Standing Figure 2’ will be on display at Clackamas Community College starting in January.
For the past week, this enormous Buddha statue has been charming Brooklynites with its headdress made of hats, elbows made of old umbrellas and blingy necklace made of computer keyboards. The recycled sculpture was created by artist Pawel Althamer, and was displayed on the Williamsburg waterfront as a way to raise awareness for NYC mothers facing eviction.
Photo By Lisa Krantz/San Antonio Express-News
Laura Napier has been coming out for the past 18 months laying the groundwork for “Neighborly Exchange,” a piece that “would be in a repurposed train car like with other elements of do-it-yourself architecture that happens in Kingsbury.”
“One way to do a project with us is to simply contact us and say what you are thinking about and start a dialogue and start coming out here and get to know us,” Ward said.
If things proceed the way they would like, the space eventually will be laced with livable sculptural installations.
“The idea is it’s called Habitable Spaces because we want people to come out and do a residency, and the residency is to build a structure that they inhabit and it becomes a living sculpture,” Ward said. “We don’t want people just making something and then taking off; we want them to inhabit the space.”
They’re open to a variety of ideas.
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Designer Henry Baumann has created an incredible series of sculptural lamps and chairs by recycling big wooden cable drums often found on building sites.
Originally found on Colossal we had to post this tree carving. That is one big tree and a massive continuous carving.
After nearly four years of work , Zheng Chunhui’s stunning wood sculpture was awarded Guinness World Record for “worlds longest wooden sculpture” in Fujian Province.
The sculpture showcases a three-dimensional vivid scene of strong, structured, exquisite workmanship and subtle techniques.
The exhibit “In Another Life,” which runs through Sept. 6, includes work by Josh Price, shown, and other artists.
“We spend our time surrounded by man-made objects that become background noise to our daily lives. Upon thoughtful examination we can find a wealth of social meaning and history in any given item,” Cummings noted in the statement. “The artworks in ‘In Another Life’ harness the innate concepts associated with everyday items and bring them to our attention by presenting them as sculptures.”
The artist David Kemp lives and works on the far western coast of Cornwall, among the old mine workings near Botallack. He finds material for his work in rich seams of junk, appearing here and there at boot fairs, but adding up, in the imagination, to something like that mysterious productive heap of dust in Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. In fact there is an almost Dickensian breadth of vision, richness of character and sharpness of observation in Kemp’s work.
David Kemp’s work is serious fun: serious, because his intention is to tackle our folly and or materialist excesses and fun because he is a master of life-enhancing humour.
Driven by his own apocalyptic and subversive vision, he makes sculpture from the disregarded bits and pieces left by successive consumer boom. These remains point out the awful truth – that we value trash and are seduced again and again by the trumped-up new. Technology that is phoney, or only half understood, is grasped at for answers to our needs. In pursuit of the largest thing, it becomes impossible to tell real technological advances from the dead-ends.
This point is made for this exhibition particularly by reference to electricity. The rush to harness the power of frog’s legs, to make hair stand on end or capture lightning were all so far beside the point – of course we know now, but in Kemp’s alternative world they have a different and more telling relevance. By making what might have been, or should have been, invented he mirrors universal human weaknes.
Portland-based artist Robert Jefferson Travis Pond builds stunning animal sculptures out of salvaged metal parts. To see how he does it, watch this time-lapse of him building his 14 foot long dragon sculpture.
Artist Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Hong Kong and Brazil, and now lives and works in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ganz was deeply impacted as a child by Japanese Shinto beliefs that all objects and organisms have spirits, and was also taught that objects discarded before the end of their usefulness “weep at night inside the trash bin” (this is so wonderful I’m going to start teaching this to my son immediately). As her artistic side developed, she infused her artwork with these beliefs, using discarded and reclaimed household objects as a medium for her sculptures.
Andrew Chase works with painstaking detail to create his remarkable steampunk sculptures — an impressive collection of animal-inspired artworks made from reclaimed steel sheets, car parts, industrial equipment, and more. Each sculpture takes Chase between 80 and 120 hours to complete, and they can be adjusted into different postions. His cheetah sculpture, seen above, has been sculpted from electrical insulation fittings, parts of a car transmission, and another 20 pieces of steel. Surprisingly, it only weights about 40 pounds!