If it wasn’t for artists, probably most of the used material wouldn’t get the chance to show all their potential. Let’s admit it, when we see some very old metallic furniture, a screw, car part, or an old fork on the ground, the first thing that comes to mind is that it belongs in a trash can.
Thankfully, artists like Brian Mock are here to show us that even those trash can materials can be used to create something very worthy and beautiful. Brian is n upcycle revolutionist, who is turning junk into a masterpiece.
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.”
The talented artist grew up in Portland, Oregon. Drawing pictures was his early passion, and as he grew older, he began painting and woodcarving. In the 1990s, he developed his passion for sculpting with recycled metal. Then, he taught himself how to weld, and that was all he needed. His rich and vivid imagination made it possible for him to come with the most amazing pieces of art. Some sculptures include robots, animals, people, cars, and other symbolic and custom objects that, besides decorative, can also be functional too. Over the years, his technique has improved and evolved even more – perseverance brings sweet fruits.
Some of the artist’s creations are so impressive in size that he often places himself or his dog in photos for scale so the audience can truly appreciate its glory.
The artist said: “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.”
Mock’s work can be found around the world from galleries in New York to Maui, in public spaces, and many publications, including a pair of art books. Several luxury hotels across the U.S. have purchased his sculptures, along with “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” museum.