Sculptor Manuel Martí Moreno lives and works in Valencia, Spain and forms these wonderful figurative pieces out of iron nuts. Via email Moreno says that he is most interested in showing the passage of time, the transience of life, and our collective awareness of our own mortality, seemingly evidenced by the spectre of decay at the edges of his works. You can see more images including installation shots on his blog, and also here. If you liked this, also check out the sculptures of Park Chan-Girl. Thanks Manuel for sharing your work with Colossal!
New to me, this great sculpture by Tom Frantzen in Brussels, Belgium. The piece was actually completed in 1985 outside the Communauté Française building and depicts a young man emerging from the sewer to grab the leg of a police officer. (via inspire me now, top photo via anselmo cardoso de sousa sousa)
Frank Plant is a Barcelona-based American sculptor who works primarily with welded steal, making large-scale wall-mounted sculptures that look like delicate line drawings. Via his website:
My work is about physical and social observations. I think of things in terms of compositions whether that be an object, a line of text or a social situation. It’s important to me that the work be open and accessible. I look equally for harmony and discordance and find them similarly revealing and fascinating.
He has an extensive portfolio of work available here and you can also follow him on Flickr and via his blog.
Artist Stephen Fitz-Gerald uses scavenged scrap metal to create these wonderful figurative sculptures. Starting with molds taken from live models he welds together industrial steel punch parts, fencing swords, and laser-cut steel scrap into these beautiful pieces that can weigh up to 100 pounds. See much more of his work here. Thanks Stephen for sharing your work with Colossal!
As if loose pages from an old Disney script were accidentally left on the set of Terminator 3, these children’s book and cartoon characters including Whinnie the Pooh, Piglet, Daffy Duck and others have clearly armed themselves for the looming fairytale apocalypse. These welded stainless steel plate sculptures are by Korean artist So Hyun Woo, many of which are from his July exhibition at Song Eun Art Space aptly titled Cruel Fairy Tales 3. My hunch is that among regular readers of Colossal, for all the people who find these unbelievably wrong or plain weird, there will be an equal sized group who finds them juuuuust right. (via song eun art space, art hub, and staart)
A number of striking sculptures from the first solo exhibition of Korean artist Jang Yong Sun entitled Particles of Dark Matter. Sun welds thousands of steel rings to form these amoeba-like structures that despite having the appearance of being precariously fragile must be extremely heavy. If you like these, you might also enjoy the work of Mike Castator. (via 준다메다 and art company gig)
Shrimp. Thorax and head: car mascot and tongs; antennae: radio antennae; abdomen: Solex fenders and hair pins; tail: electrical fans; legs: bike brakes and snail forks. Click for detail.
Grasshopper. Wings: Moped chain guards; abdomen: bike fender, dolex fender and old toys; rear legs: bike forks; forelegs: bike brakes; ends of legs: plugs for plaster walls; thorax and head: pieces of cars and bikes; antennae: bike spokes. Click for detail.
Dublin Bay Prawn. Thorax and head: car mascot, old car wing covers (aluminium); antennae: bike brake cables; abdomen: Solex fender, hair pins; tail: electrical fans; legs: bike brakes and snail forks; claws: poultry scissors, chromium-plated covers on 50’s moped tanks, slicers; eyes: inside handles of 40s Peugeot. Click for detail.
French sculptor Edouard Martinet uses myriad discarded parts from old bicycles, cars, and mopeds to create these astonishingly anatomically correct representations of sea life, birds, amphibians, and insects.
I’ve been wanting to do a post about Martinet for months after first discovering his work on My Modern Met, however it appeared the sculptures had spread like wildfire and were covered pretty thoroughly there and elsewhere. So I bookmarked his website and visited it occasionally hoping for an update (this is basically all I do anymore, hit refresh on artists portfolios until something new pops up. Thanks college education!). Then I grew impatient. So I shot an email to Edouard and after a quick exchange he pointed me in the direction of Sladmore Gallery in London where he’s represented and sure enough with the kind help of Gerry Farrell I was able to piece together some of these lovely images of his more recent work. The bonus photo at the bottom is a peek inside the artist’s workshop where old bicycles go to die and new creatures are given life.
Bronze sculptures by UK artist Sukhi Barber who spent twelve years in Kathmandu, Nepal studying Buddhist philosophy and lost-wax bronze casting. Via her website:
Sukhi’s sculptures are intended to bridge the cultures of East and West. Embodying the peace and compositional balance of ancient devotional art, they represent complex philosophical ideas with a simplicity and clarity that renders them accessible to the Western viewer. Exploring themes of hidden potentials, and the transcendence of our limiting view of a solid reality, her work often represents the negative space as being as important as the material itself, implying the dance of form and spirit, a constant state of transformation.
As I was putting together this entry, staring out a window at a calm bay off the coast of Alaska, a small fawn walked past the window and stopped to look at us through the glass. My mind promptly exploded.