In today’s world, nearly everything is made of metal. The good thing about metal is it is malleable, fusible, and ductile. People can transform and recycle it for other uses. Some people and organisations collect scrap metal such as McCamish Metals, while others reuse it for other purposes. Some people manage to send a message through their artwork. Here are several individuals and groups from around the world that use scrap metal art for their environmental advocacy.
Baletic’s artworks are massive, such as the larger-than-life Transformers sculptures made of car parts, water tanks and other bulk metal pieces. His sculptures have become a symbol for monumental reuse and a delight for the young and the young-at-heart.
Saño came up with several artworks through salvaged scrap metals. He found those pieces from his “pilgrimage” from the Philippines and to Paris for the first climate change negotiation last year. He shaped those pieces into a human figure (e.g. Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration for peaceful revolution) and endangered marine species. There is also a sign that reads “maglakad” (walk) to tell that these metals are out there.
Izaskun Chinchilla Architects
This Europe-based designers group made an interactive pavilion on Governors Island in New York in 2015. The work which they named Organic Growth “is an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials,” said FIGMENT on its website. The group used umbrellas, bike parts and tripods, all reusable as weather protection around the city.
York High School Students
Students from York High School, together with biology teacher Bob Blaus, made an art piece called Earth in Trouble. With this up-cycled piece, the group aims to raise awareness about the problems the Earth is facing now. It includes an old globe, fishing line, scrap metal, and QR codes for students to scan and gather more information.
Photographers are turning their lenses on environmental issues like climate change. Like in this photo series, the Canadian photographer turns abandoned ships and dump sites into art pieces. Other themes that green global photographers currently feature are the interaction between humans and the environment, misuse of natural resources, and global warming.
Auckland is also not new to scrap metal art. Marti Wong, for one, does his best fantasy creature sculpture using scrap metal. The best part of it is that as far as the environment is concerned, there’s a lot that artists can do to raise awareness.