American artist James Rice is turning the humble spoon into something completely unexpected. He’s giving them a makeover into detailed motorcycle models made entirely from the shimmery utensils. The sculptures have gone viral recently, showing how transforming everyday objects into art can really make you rethink the objects around you.
Jim Rice and his wife, Jeny Buckley, have their own Etsy shop called Everlasting Spoonful, where they sell the sculptures currently priced for $3500 or more. It all started with some leftover spoons from Jeny’s own homemade spoon crafts and her suggestion that Jim create something special out of them so they would not go to waste. Having always had an artistic eye and a penchant for all things mechanical – especially motorcycles – he gave it a shot and was thrilled to see what he could create.
“Jim flattens, bends, twists, and shapes the spoons by hand,” according to their online shop, a technique which he perfected after deciding that heating or hammering the spoons took away from their beauty and integrity. Everything from the engine to the handlebars are made from spoons, for which the couple continue to search when visiting garage sales or thrift shops. Each piece can take months to create, seeing as Jim also works an average of 60 hours per week at his day job.
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The most recent piece made by Rice, “The Bagger,” comes in at seven pounds and 21 inches long. It was featured at the Washington State Fair’s Fine Art Show and is now for sale on the shop. Act fast if you would like to own a piece – it could be a while until the next one is expertly crafted and ready for sale.
Via Oddity Central
Images via Jim Rice