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Published on September 6th, 2008 | by Delia Montgomery

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Trashed Objects Make Cool Art Sculptures

Sculpture and Mobiles by Bruce Gray in Los Angeles is a truly unique business. His Found Objects collection is made from articles that were pulled from dumpsters or company trash donations. Bruce proudly attests he takes more stuff out of the trash than he puts in.

Woods in Bruce’s sculptures are acquired from sustainable growth trees, not rain forests. In fact Bruce is a Rainforest Action Network activist who makes custom metal creations for businesses, architects, individuals, and the film industry. His works have been displayed in many museums and art galleries; printed in newspapers, books, and magazines; and shown in films and television.

Bruce was recently honored acceptance of his sculptures by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They loved his work and proved it with several immediate sales. Bruce proclaimed, “This is about the coolest thing that has ever happened to me!

First example pictured above is Motorcycle #1 featuring model Eve Ellis. It’s constructed in heavy industrial steel found objects. That includes two very heavy massive railroad equipment gears for wheels, a train coupling link for the seat, giant train springs for shocks, oversized chain, and a BMW R75/5 motorcycle engine with tailpipes. Slightly oversized, it almost looks ride-able! But the engine is nonfunctional and only meant to be enjoyed visually. Bruce describes it as half retro and half futuristic, – like it was used by “The Terminator,” or “Mad Max,” or some other very intense post apocalyptic character. Suitable indoors or out, and currently available for $25,000.

Spikeball, sized 24x24x24, is fabricated of welded railroad spikes. It can go on the floor, on a pedestal, or it can be hung from a beam or tree branch. Bruce says he thinks of welding it to a long pole so it would look like a dandelion. How cute, and currently available for $4,000.

The Tank Dog, sized 22x31x26, is one of a series of dogs. Each canine sculpture is unique. This one is constructed using a gas tank from a BMW motorcycle. Bruce guarantees he cleaned it out really well before welding! It is currently available at $1,500.

Bruce’s sculpture creations are functional art in welded steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, and aluminum. To summarize his style, it’s fun, colorful and visually stimulating. His sense of humor is conveyed through object works of people, animals, insects, or dinosaurs. Each is honored a unique personality.

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About the Author

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design." Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers. From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases! My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs. I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here. Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style. In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.



  • https://www.bluedango.com/shop/badiri-sculpture-p-230.html?cPath=27_85 amym

    What great sculptures! I love the spike ball in particular. Recycled artwork can be so innovative and inspiring. No wonder Bruce was recently honored.

  • https://www.bluedango.com/shop/badiri-sculpture-p-230.html?cPath=27_85 amym

    What great sculptures! I love the spike ball in particular. Recycled artwork can be so innovative and inspiring. No wonder Bruce was recently honored.

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