Metalworking Traditions Inspire Artists around the World

Artistic metalworking has come a long way since the late Neolithic era. Today’s artists benefit not only from a mountain of past culture and experience, but also from continuing advances in technology and unprecedented access to materials. From basic crafts that groups of children can do to mind-boggling industrial projects that require teams of architects and engineers to envision and years of labor to complete, the practice of metalworking has become intrinsic to societies across the modernized world.

The work of individual sculptors likewise continues to impress.

For millennia, individual artists have created phenomenal works of art out of various types of metal. Museums overflow with collections made from gold, silver, bronze, and steel. But advances in steel manufacturing have resulted in a significantly weather-resistant medium, which is embraced by English artist Robin Wight. Take a look at his amazing sculptures, which he painstakingly forms using galvanized and stainless steel wire.

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The wire’s workability, coupled with the artist’s practiced hand, results in the sensual fluidity of the various fairy poses, as well as the illusory sense of motion as the wind seems to rip through the dandelion seeds. Much of Wight’s sculptures have been commissioned for the gardens at the Trentham Estate in the United Kingdom, where you can view more of his work.

Of course, metal only truly becomes fluid at very high temperatures.

That is why it makes an excellent medium for these stalwart yet elegant tree sculptures, also crafted from wire from American artist Kevin Iris.

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Finally, for the ultimate in upcycling, there is scrap metal and yard art.

Examples of scrap metal art range from the simple to the stunning. They can be found at flea markets, farmers markets, and craft shows throughout the world. This is the type of project almost anyone can do using supplies found in typical kindergarten classrooms, like repurposing aluminum cans to make bird feeders, lanterns, and toys.

But not all scrap metal art is so basic.

A studio in Thailand called BanHunLek shapes and welds scrap metal scavenged from junk yards – particularly defunct automobiles – to create models that would make any comic book or science-fiction geek drool. His work includes models of everything from Disney characters to characters from the Terminator, Predator, and Alien movies. One of his most impressive, however, is this Hulk, which virtually ripples with power.

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