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Blowtorch Filigree: Lace Patterns Delicately Cut from Industrial Steel Objects by Cal Lane

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Gutter Snipes, 2011, Courtesy Art Mur

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Gutter Snipes, 2011, Courtesy Art Mur

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Gutter Snipes, 2011, Courtesy Art Mur

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Car Bombing, 2007, Courtesy Art Mur

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Car Bombing, 2007, Courtesy Art Mur

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Car Bombing, 2007, Courtesy Art Mur

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Car Bombing, 2007

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Veiled Hood #2, 2014, Couresy Art Mur

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Veiled Hood #3, 2014, Couresy Art Mur

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Ammunition Box, 2011, Courtesy Art Mur

Cal Lane works in a series of “Industrial Doilies”, producing works that use contradiction to create an empathetic form. Lane imparts highly industrial materials with touches of delicacy, adding filigree to car parts, oil tanks, and shovels with a blowtorch. Her chosen patterns also exist on another level, their compositions inspired by those used in religious ceremonies such as weddings, christenings, and funerals.

Lane’s use of lace simultaneously hides and exposes the materials in which she chooses to work, revealing and covering up tough materials with delicate pattern. Through this notion, Lane also institutes a sense of humor explaining, “Like a Wrestler in a tutu, the absurdity of having opposing extremist stances is there for reaction and not rational understanding; the rational discussion arises in the search for how one thing defines the other by its proximity.”

Lane has studied painting, welding and sculpture and holds an MFA in Sculpture from the State University of New York. She exhibits works with galleries internationally including ones located in Montreal, Santa Monica, and New York City. All images here courtesy Art Mur.

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Bolt Poetry: A Blacksmith Evokes Surprisingly Human Forms from Single Steel Bolts

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Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm manages to create unusually emotional sculptures using old bolts. The series began when Malm stumbled onto the rusting bolts at a barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. He immediately recognized the wide caps and slender stems as having humanistic qualities so he gathered them up and proceeded to heat, forge, twist and bend them into shape in his studio. The resulting collection of sculptures titled Bolt Poetry, evokes humanistic moments of affection, sadness, and pain. You can see more of his work on Behance. (via Lustik)

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Scientists Develop Hydrophobic Metal That Causes Water to Bounce

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Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics led by professor Chunlei Guo have developed a new type of hydrophobic surface that is so highly water repellent, it causes water droplets to bounce off like magic. Unlike earlier hydrophobic surfaces that rely on temporary (and slowly degrading) chemical coatings such as teflon, this new super-hydrophobic surface is created by etching microscopic structures into metal with the help of lasers. Potential applications include airplane wings that resist icing, a whole new type of rust proofing, or even a toilet that wouldn’t require water. Watch the video above to see the surface in action, and you can read Guo’s research paper here. (via Sploid)

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Ethereal Woven Metal Leaf and Seed Installations by Michelle Mckinney

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U.K. artist Michelle Mckinney examines the contrast of manmade materials with forms of nature in her ethereal installations of leaves, seeds, and butterflies formed from handcut woven metal. The artist cuts each shape from copper, brass, or steel mesh which is then colored and assembled into the forms seen here. You can see more of her work over on Facebook and in her portfolio. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Figurative Sculptures by Manuel Martí Moreno

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!

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Tom Frantzen

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)

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Welded Steel Sculptures by Frank Plant

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.

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