Usually old metal scraps end up thrown away. Few people try to recycle them or perhaps use them in creative ways. However, Russian metal artist and steampunk sculptor Igor Verniy has found a way to bring these old scraps back to life. He uses them to create outstanding steampunk sculptures of birds, butterflies and other impressive creations. The sculptor uses everything from bike chains and old car parts to silverware and watches to bring his creations to life.
His works take the shape of many types of animals: birds, reptiles, insects. However, what makes them truly unique are their completely articulate joints. These joints allow people to position their steampunk sculptures in various ways. What’s more, many of these pieces are painted after assembly in order to give them a more vibrant coat of color.
Some of the sculptures of the Russian artist have been inspired by international cultural symbols. For example, the dove he created is a mirror of the symbol of peace. His fish is modeled after the description written in Alexander Pushkin’s poem “The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish.” Because all these sculptures are articulate, the artist spends much time studying the real animals in their natural climate, seeing the way the move and interact with other animals. In this way he can portray them with utmost accuracy.
Talking about his work, Igor Verniy explained: “In the 21st century there are still fans of old school ideas. These are people who are nostalgic for rusty metal, gears, and the smell of motor oil.” He added that, “Many people bring me old items that I can make in my shop, but I also buy a lot of objects at flea markets and collect them in the garages of my brothers and friends. All parts are sorted by category.” With all these items the artist gives shape to the nostalgia people feel for real metal.
What do you think of these beautiful steampunk sculptures?