Taking discarded junk and turning it into sculptures isn’t exactly new, but these fantastic sculptures from Edouard Martinet have something that most don’t: a striking resemblance to the animals they represent and a level of detail that only years of experience could create. Using vintage metal from old bicycles, electric fans, spatulas, and other discarded bits, he has created a surprisingly convincing body of work.
The 50-year-old teacher from Rennes in northwestern France began collecting his cast-offs when he was a young boy, but it wasn’t until the 90s (when he transformed some bicycle spokes, a wheel hub, a brake lever and a couple of lamp lenses into a large-scale mosquito for his sister) that he discovered his future trade and passion.
Since then his works have been featured in the flagship Hermès store in Paris and shown at the Courtauld Institute. Last year six of his pieces sold quickly at the Masterpiece London fair, with a grasshopper commanding £24,500 and praying mantis going for an impressive £32,500. You can see many more of these exquisite works at edouardmartinet.net.
Edouard Martinet and one of his works