Where some see waste others see opportunity. This is never more true than with our favourite material… metal! Versatile and tough with attractive colouring, most metals work well to up-cycle for urban art and sculpture.
Here are some of our favourite artists who thought scrap shouldn’t mean skip and created stunning art pieces to awe and inspire.
John Lopez/ T Rex
This dinosaur is anything but ancient. He’s clubbed together from found metal items as well as real tools used to excavate fossils in the area. Standing tall and proud he’s remarkably life-like. The sculptor invited an expert on the subject to guide his hand creating the perfect posture and even used the second largest T Rex skull ever discovered to model his head on. Take a closer look here: www.johnlopezstudio.com/t-rex/
John Heppenstall/ ReBar Godwit
The perfect example of how scrap material some people wouldn’t give a second thought to can turn into something beautiful. This regal looking godwit made from found materials sits alongside Alexandra Dock in the Hull Estuary. You can find out more about the artist’s love of turning scrap into art here: www.greenporthull.co.uk/rebar-godwit-by-jason-heppenstall
Harriet Mead/ Rake Ribbed Caracal
A great way to show how wear and tear doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to art. This majestic feline is built entirely from rusty scrap metal. She’s part of a series of wildlife sculptures all coated in the red orange hue of weather damaged metal. You can see the entire collection here: www.harrietmead.co.uk/exhibitions/
Jason Lane/ Mechanical Rocking Horse
This rocking horse definitely isn’t a step back into childhood for most. This huge metal contraption is made entirely from found materials and includes an engine to make it rock. It’s designed to scale proportionally for adults to experience the same as if a child were to ride a rocking horse. You can see the finished design here: www.jasonlane.org.uk/mechanical-rocking-horse/
Karen Cusolito/ Ecstasy
This sculpture is so ornately beautiful, it’s hard to comprehend that it’s made from 9 tonnes of salvaged steel. The artist has managed to balance perfectly the contrast between a feminine, delicate figure and the harsh, heavy metal. You can find out more about her work here: www.mymodernmet.com/karen-cusolito-ecstasy/