Scrap Metal Transformed into Animals

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Salvage Becomes Art While Helping the Environment

JK Brown sculpture Kingfisher

Sculptor JK Brown, who also goes by the moniker Green Hand Sculptor, lives in Wales.

Finding inspiration in the nature of this rural environment, Brown creates sculptures out of bits of scrap metal.

Often when I’m out walking I pick up fragments of metal that have been thrown away. Sometimes fly-tipped or washed up on beaches, I patiently reassemble these pieces into monuments to the natural world around me: a habitat that is becoming increasingly fragmented.

I find that my own process of reversing this fragmentation is, for me, a calming antidote to the madness of endless consumption.

The sculptures range widely in their subject matter, scale, and the materials that make them up.

The bright blue sheets make a colorful metal Kingfisher, as seen above. What appear to be a pair of shears are transformed into the bird’s beak.

No paint, but a variety of textures and a little rust, went into a much larger creation of a horse, seen below.

JK Brown metal horse sculpture

On the other end of the size spectrum, check out these tiny grasshoppers. Clearly some flatware goes into their creation, but the rest of it, we’re just not sure.

JK Brown scrap metal grasshoppers

Clearly observant, and with a sense of humor as well, one of our favorites is the Magpie who is the middle of stealing some tasty tidbit. Or is it a shiny object? Is the thief raiding the kitchen or the dog’s dinner dish?

JK Brown scrap metal sculpture Magpie

John offers many of his creations for sale on his Etsy store, GreenHandSculpture. There you will see scores of butterflies, ants, frogs, and something called a Wood Louse. Not sure what that is, but it looks like something we used to call Pillbugs when we were kids.


Read the original article by the artist on Bored Panda

You can learn more about John and his work by checking out his Facebook page

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