I am always intrigued when I find art in unlikely places. This past weekend I made an appointment to have front brakes installed on my car. I planned my day accordingly and woke up bright and early. Meineke is currently having a sale on brakes, and although I had never gone there before for repairs, the allure of saving $50.00 compared to a previous quote I had received was too good to pass up.
When I arrived at the shop I was greeted unexpectedly by a piece of upcycled art. Of course I had to snap a picture of this pleasant little door greeter and his loyal pup. This little man and his dog were made from recycled car parts, mufflers, brake parts and the like. Of course I fell in love with them instantly.
It seems that one or more of the mechanics has a creative side! Apparently, this is not a new concept as upcycling car parts into works of art is more common than one might think. Roadside America an online guide to offbeat tourist attractions has a great article featuring some of these so-called “muffler men” who populate the auto shops and roadsides of America. You may have already seen some of these sculptures on your travels already!
There are also some truly amazing upcycle artists in the world and they take this art form to a whole new level! One such artist is Australia’s James Corbett. He has been creating sculptures from spare auto parts and junk since 1999. Below is an example of his work. Look at all those spark plugs!
Below is James, pictured with one of his many creations. The eyes are made of headlights…genius!
To see more of his work visit the Crimson Reason Blog. They feature several of Jame’s intricate creations.
Another talented scrap artist is Frenchman Edouard Martinet. As a young student he became somewhat “obsessed” with insects. Later, he chose to incorporate his love of insects and other animals in sculpture. The detail and artistry here is off the charts!
Check out this interview with Edouard Martinet below.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
― Edgar Degas