Amazing animal sculptures from nuts, bolts, and scrap metal
Whereas the majority of us take our discarded cutlery and old auto parts to the garbage, Aloha, Oregon-based artist Brian Mock transforms scrap steel into amazing outdoor artworks. He gathers used and abandoned components, including screws, nuts, and bolts, and puts them together to create animal and human figures.
Mock has been experimenting with many artistic mediums since he was a young child, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that he fell in love with upcycling art. He learned to weld on his own, which enabled him to imagine his artistic concepts into metal statues. Using only reused materials, he is currently building a whole zoo of metallic creatures, including dogs, cats, and larger-than-life lions. Mock painstakingly selects every waste steel component to fit the shapes of his animals; for example, flexible metal cables are used for dog tails and huge, curving metal sheets are used for pointy ears.
Giving used, commonplace items a new life as a statue is a difficult but rewarding artistic endeavor, according to Mock. „My artwork aims to highlight ingenuity and promote audience participation. My creativity is inspired by audience reactions, which enable me to realize my ideas.
View some of Mock’s sculptures made out of scrap metal in the gallery below, and visit his webpage for more examples of his work.
Brian Mock creates his amazing animal creations out of steel.
To suit the shapes of his models, he painstakingly selects every piece of scrap steel.