Old Bolts Transform into Profound Sculptures on the Human Experience

Oslo-based blacksmith Tobbe Malm found a bunch of discarded bolts laying in an old barn. He could have simply let them rust away, but instead he transformed them into these small, but hugely emotive sculptures. Unless you’re a mechanic, you probably haven’t had simple hardware stir emotions this profound.

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The Kelpies: Andy Scott’s 100-Foot-Tall Steel Horses in Central Scotland

If you drive down the motorway near Grangemouth in central Scotland, you’ll see a pair of sculptures that are impossible to miss. This October, after 8 years of planning, fabrication and assembly, Scottish artist Andy Scott completed his equestrian sculpture ‘The Kelpies.’ It is the both the largest work of art in Scotland, and “the largest equine sculptures in the world.” Andy Scott calls it “Equitecture.”

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Sculptor John Bisbee Has a Simple Mantra: “Only nails, always different.”

Artist John Bisbee has a simple mantra: “Only nails, always different.” That simple statement has sparked an incredible amount of creativity in his nearly three decades of welding forged 12-inch nails. The Maine-based metal sculptor has been coaxing the iron spikes into a variety of forms ever since he knocked over a bucket of old rusty nails and they strangely kept their bucket form – they’d rusted together!

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Animal Sculptures Disintegrating Into Thin Air

Japanese artist Tomohiro Inaba creates sculptures that look as if they are disintegrating into the ether. In one example, we encounter a grazing deer. It’s lowered head and firmly planted front feet are perfectly represented, but moving further back on its frame, it quickly transforms into a chaotic tangle of wire… then thins to one wire… then nothing. Like many of his sculptures, this example bridges a realm between reality and abstract, while creating a vision that is at once beautiful and unnerving.

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Metallic Stitching: Artist Embroiders Metal Objects

This ain’t your grandma’s embroidery. Lithuanian artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė decorates metal objects like buckets, lampshades, spoons and car doors, with floral and decorative patterns found in embroidery magazines. While the imagery is mostly traditional, the location is far from ordinary and creates a strange juxtaposition that is as surprising as it is refreshing.

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Inspired by Gothic Architecture: Large Machines Built From Metal Lattice

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We’ve shared our love of Wim Delvoye’s scrimshaw-like tire carvings before, and now we want to bring you the rebel Belgian artist’s equally beautiful metal sculptures. Like his tires, these artworks take a subject infrequently – or maybe never – associated with the concept of delicate beauty: heavy construction vehicles. He’s taken the massive forms of these machines and translated them into latice-like structures of delicate metal. All of it is inspired by Gothic architecture and cathedrals.

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Visual Bits #380> Incredibly Imaginative Sculptures

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Peter McFarlane: Reduce, Reuse and Make Metal Art

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Peter McFarlane lives in an artistic world of possibilities, one which challenges him to remix the objects of life and create captivating, re-contextualized forms. After his first job working on a factory assembly line taught him a deep suspicion of technology, much of his work has revolved around examining the affect of technology and consumption on our culture. The metal work we bring you here sees chainsaws reworked into fanciful birds and whales, while spoons become bird nests and saw blades become farming implements.

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Artistic Manhole Covers From Around the World

Even though they’re right under our car tires and sometimes our feet, it’s not very often that we notice the manhole covers that dot our city streets. These prolific round disks of metal hide the subterranean infrastructure of the world, allowing access to our sewers, fire-hydrants and subways, but they never really become obvious until they’re belching white steam in the cold winter months. Most of the manhole covers we see are bland slabs of metal with a manufacturers name embossed on the top, but the examples we bring you today go a long ways towards making these ubiquitous objects something to admire and maybe even call art.

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Wire Sculptures Look Like Computer Models

When one looks at the incredibly intricate sculptures of Shi Jindian, it’s hard to believe that they aren’t computer models. The meticulous Chinese artist searched for years for a medium that was “brand new, completely untraditional” and found what he was looking for in steel wire. Using tools of his own devising, he weaves together precise replicas of wheeled vehicles, here highlighted by his “Blue CJ 750″ (a Chiangjiang 750 motorcycle with sidecar) and “Beijing Jeep’s Shadow” (the chassis of a military vehicle). It’s a virtual reality you can reach out and touch.

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