The idea of putting to use items which would otherwise end up in landfill is very satisfying, but French sculptor Edouard Martinet takes this to another level, spectacularly. Using scrap metal from junk yards and miscellaneous objects from flea markets, the artist transforms them into metallic lifeforms. Each astonishing piece might consist of car parts, old kitchen utensils, a discarded musical instrument… just about anything you can imagine.
As a child in France, Edouard was fascinated by insects and this is reflected in the masterpieces he creates, which are mostly insects, fish and birds. Interestingly he bolts and screws his sculptures together, favouring this method over conventional soldering and welding. Take his ladybird, or ladybug if you're reading this in the US, it is constructed as follows: Abdomen: shell-shaped drawer handles, Eyes: car rear lights, Legs: bike brakes, windscreen wiper arms, Shell: oil lamp for road works, Thorax: headlight, parts of shoe tree in aluminium, Wings: parts of old LPs (transparent vinyl).
Each breathtaking sculpture is instantly recogniseable, revealing the artist’s great interest in and knowledge of the anatomy of insects. And, despite being made of pieces which would be more at home in a garage or hardware store, each creation perfectly echoes the delicacy and fine detail of its real life counterpart.
Below are some examples of Edouard Martinet’s work. Photos courtesy of Sladmore Contemporary.
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