Upcycling, the concept of putting rubbish to good use, isn't anything new, but recently we've been noticing that artists have been taking upcycling to the extreme with large-scale creations built from old car and bike parts. Large art pieces are usually difficult to make, because artists need large workshops, soldering tools and a lot of strength, but when done right it can be worth the trouble. Click through to check out these monstrous sculptures that divert waste by transforming old car and bike parts into sustainable art.
A work by Chinese artist Wing Wah, these huge, incredible robots are built from all sorts of scrap metal coming from the automotive industry. Inspired by the Transformers movies, they are part of the “Legend of Iron” project, and they have the added benefit of reducing landfill waste and turning it into a colorful treasure.
Skilled artist Travis Pond from Steel Pond created some bestial animal sculptures by recycling deconstructed motorcyles. By welding together all sorts of elements like nuts, bolts and random Honda and Yamaha metal parts he creates stunningly expressive owls, cranes and dragons that are both beautiful and slightly ominous.
French creator Edouards Martinet gives good use to bicycle parts and other assorted objects he founds at local flea/markets. He doesn’t use any welding for his art, he just secure the parts using screws and a lot of patience to give our favourite two-wheelers a new life as birds, insects and sea creatures.
Inspired by her time of studying dairy farming, Finnish sculptor Miina Akkijyrkka designed immense sculptures of cows that are both colorful and expressive. By assembling massive scrap metal car parts into bovine sculptures within a woodland lanscape, the award-winning artist creates a farm-like environment while raising awareness about sustainable issues.
Inspired from prehistoric Stonehenge monument in Western England, artist Jim Reinders built a stunning replica that replaces the spiritual stones with grey painted trucks and cars. A tribute to his father, Carhenge is a large-scale sculpture built in Nebraska that attrackts thousands of worshippers every year while also raising questions about the death of the car.
Measuring 6.5 feet and made from recycled Russian Lada Samara Diva cars, these Transformers sculptures are half-man, half-machine. Sculpted by Neatherlands-based Studio Re-Creation, they look as if they’re poised for battle.