Ptolemy Elrington’s creatures speak for themselves—they are stunning assemblies, intricately detailed. But Ptolemy’s choice of materials is equally remarkable. His dragons and dragonflies, fish and fowl are, for the most part, made from hubcaps! “All the hubcaps,” he states, “are found, usually on the side of the road, and therefore bear the scars of their previous lives in the form of scratches and abrasions. I believe these marks add texture and history to the creatures they decorate, and so choose not to fill, overpaint or alter them in any way.” Read More
These are the figurative sculptures of artist Dale Dunning who welds together lead type and other hardware to create intricate masks and heads. Speaking about his work Dunning says:
The head that has been featured in my work for the last 13 years is a generic, simplified form not specific to gender, devoid of detail, resembling an egg. The head is universally recognized, easy to identify with. We live in our heads, see, feel, and experience the world in our head. It serves as the foundation upon which I can develop various paths to explore.
While you can surely enjoy the final look of these pieces, one is also drawn in by the magnatude of work that goes into the process used to create them.
Some are made up of a combination of up to 900 welded bolts and washers.
How would you even begin to start such a process. His patience and determination surely paid off.
You can see much more of his work here
All images courtesy Oeno Gallery.