Published on September 6th, 2008 | by Delia Montgomery2
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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