What do you see when looking at an unused fork, a screw, a car part, and other scrap? Most of us see something that belongs in a dump, except for Brian Mock, a metal revolutionist who is bringing reclaimed materials back to life in a form of spectacular artwork.
This utterly talented American artist based in Aloha, Oregon, has been exploring art by drawing, painting, and woodcarving from an early age, and developed his creative passion for upcycling back in the 1990s. After teaching himself how to weld, he gained incredible technical skills that in combination with imagination and experience turn discarded trash into the most breathtaking sculptures of animals, people, robots, cars and other figurative and custom objects that can be both decorative and functional. The artist often places himself or his dog in pictures for scale so we can truly appreciate the impressive size of his magnificent creations.
"My sculptures are made entirely from reclaimed items and materials (almost all metal but sometimes I’ll add bits of plastic for color). I like that people interact with them, they have fun looking for objects they can identify. It started as a hobby, but as I got better at sculpting, I turned it into a full-time profession,” the artist, whose artwork is exhibited all across the country, told Bored Panda.
When we tell you that Brian Mock takes repurposing reclaimed materials to another level, you better believe it!
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