Discarded metal turned into sculpture

metal bird sculpture

Ever wondered what happens to some of our junk and unwanted items?

When I was on holiday in Morocco, I bought a small sculpture of a bird fashioned from discarded engine parts and reclaimed metal implements. What a great idea for making sculptures; discarded metal junk taking on a new form.

Recently I read about an artist who makes insects and spiders from scissors confiscated in American airports because they are deemed unacceptable to be taken on the plane. The idea of the contraband scissors being made into spiders seems both sinister and amusing at the same time.

You don’t need to buy expensive brand new materials to work with. Many artists work with recycled material from metal and plastic to found objects and waste paper. It is always worth keeping a store of items that take your fancy for your next project.

2 Comments on Discarded metal turned into sculpture

  1. Hayley
    January 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm (10 years ago)

    I love the idea of rubbish being transformed into art. There is quite a lot of this happening in South Africa – sculptures made out of wire or telephone wire, or drinks cans. I was entranced by one which I brought home – an elegant pianist sitting at a grand piano – both made out of strips of beer and coke cans bound with wire. It amazes me how fine and intricate the sculptures can be, like your delicate creature above.

  2. Christopher
    April 26, 2008 at 8:24 pm (10 years ago)

    Hey! I’m a fan of your work as well. Thanks, and keep it up!