Edouard Martinet is a skilled French artist who borrows from his day job (which involves going around flea markets and car boot sales) to create these intricate metal animal sculptures. To make his amazingly detailed creatures, he uses all sorts of recycled objects ranging from bicycle parts to kitchen elements to typewriter keys. We recently showed you some larger-than-life recycled metal beasts by another artist - now we're taking it to the other extreme with a look at these tiny (and very shiny) sea creatures, birds and insects.
The French artist created his jolly running ostrich by securing the assorted metal parts with a few screws and opted not to use a welding iron. His pigeon and a very cute robin sculpture appear to share some gossip before taking a flight. A shrimp made from metal spoons and other recycled kitchen elements has plenty of antennas made from – you guessed it – radio antennas.
A rusty blue fish is another of Martinets meticulously crafted sea creatures. And his cute baby wasp seems to be pleasantly sleeping. Sustainable, detailed, hand-made and yet sturdy, Martinets recycled metal animals will hopefully never see extinction.
All photos © Ian Sanderson