Sculptures are a part of our everyday life. They can be mighty in stature or small in size, and are generally showcased in streets, public squares, buildings, parks and gardens.
We take a look at some awesome recycled sculptures across 3 Australian internationally recognised artists who have used nothing but scrap metal to create art!
Christopher began his professional art practice during 1990 with a focus on creating public works. Chris makes an important intention to add human qualities of humour and playfulness to his art pieces. He also values the element of recycling and aims to promote the concept of creative solutions for future generations. Two of his most recognised art installations includes the “City Roos” and the “Seahorse”.
If you’re a Brisbane local and have made your way down to George Street, you may have seen the iconic city kangaroos. The design concept was based on sharing space with our natives and the conservation of Australia’s natural resources. In this particular art piece, Christopher wanted to highlight humans inability and willingness to share space with natives. The kangaroos are made completely from scrap metal parts!
Located on the Millennium Esplanade and standing in at an impressive 5 metres high is the “Seahorse”. The concept of the sculpture was inspired by the fragile balance between nature and industry, and the concern of the proximity of such heavy industry adjacent to the world heritage listed “Barrier Reef”. The seahorse is made from discarded materials sourced from cumbersome and rural industries throughout the Calliope region.
Andrew Whitehead is a sculptor, bush poet and cartoonist who lives on a small farm near Urana that his family has occupied for the last 116 years. He decided to take up sculpting as a profession after winning first prize in the Inaugural National Farm Art Sculpture Awards in 2007. Since then, Andrew has become an award-winning figurative scrap metal sculptor, specialising in upcycled large public artworks for creatures both real and imaginary as well as local historical subjects. Three pieces of work that has seen national recognition include “Kangaroobot”, “Toolbox and Jockey” and “Swagman and Dog”.
This awesome award winning feature was given as a gift in 2008, however due to popular demand Andrew Whitehead has been collecting the same parts that were used to create this art piece to replicate a similar Kangaroo bot.
Swagman and Dog
The Swagman and Dog is an art piece that is currently publicly displayed in Boree Creek, NSW. The art piece is made completely from recycled materials and mimics life-like features that aim to provide an attraction for visiting tourist to the rural township.
Toolbox and jockey
Based in the township of Morundah, NSW. This sculpture was commissioned to celebrate 100 years of bush racing. Made completely from scrap metal, this beautiful sculpture was made in 14 different pieces that allowed for easier installation if indoor installation was required.
James has been creating incredibly life-like sculptures since late 1998. Originally he was the proprietor of a specialist motor wrecking business in Brisbane. But as momentum and demand grew for James’ sculptures, it became apparent that being an artist was his life calling. What is amazing about James’ art pieces is that he doesn’t bend or tamper any of the recycled metal parts used for his pieces. Below are some well-recognised art pieces including “Sheep”, “Orangutan” and “Long Horn Cow”.
If you take a closer look at the picture you can see that the wool is hundreds of spark plugs individually welded to the sculpture and the horns on the sheep are real car horns. This remarkable life-size culture sold for £14,000.
This incredible art piece was produced with recycled car parts. As you take a closer look to detail, you can see exactly what was used to create this life-size sculpture.
Long Horn Cow
Another one of James’ amazing sculptures. This life-sized recycled cow is made completely from car parts. As mentioned before, James is unique as he doesn’t bend any of his parts to fit.
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