Artist Turns Nuts, Bolts, and Scrap Metal Into Life-Size Animal Sculptures

One Oregon-based artist, Brian Mock, makes realistic, life-size animal sculptures entirely from reclaimed materials.

The world is a much more compelling and enchanting place when viewed from the eye of an artist. What may look completely trivial, useless, or dull to most of us, can easily become an object of interest to someone with highly developed creativity.

Thus, while most of us don’t think twice before throwing old car parts and cutlery away at the dump, one Oregon-based artist, Brian Mock, got an idea to create fantastic outdoor sculptures from scrap metal.

He collects materials that have been discarded or used and turns them into captivating human and animal sculptures. The sculptor has been exploring different kinds of artistic practices for a long time ago, but during the 1990’s he discovered his passion for upcycling art.

After learning how to weld, Mock was able to make his ideas come true, and turn the old pieces of metal into his works of art.

Nowadays, his artistry is fully evolved, and he is creating realistic, life-size metal animals, such as dogs, cats, and lions, made entirely from reclaimed materials.

Brian selects each piece very carefully, like the tails of the dogs, which are made from metal chains and the ears from large sheets of curved steel.

Mock explains:

“Giving old, everyday objects a new life as one sculpture is an artistically demanding, yet gratifying process. My work is designed to emphasize resourcefulness and encourage viewer engagement. Audience reactions fuel my creativity and help me bring my visions to life.”

Take a look at some of his amazing sculptures:

An artist, Brian Mock, uses reclaimed metal and creates incredible animal sculptures.

Every single piece of scrap material is carefully chosen to fit the forms of his subjects.