Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Modern Age and Modern Hobbies – Start Collecting Your Favorite Scrape Metal Art Pieces

Metal Sculptures – What are metal sculptures? Em… Well! Metal sculptures are nothing but lined drawings in 3 dimensional forms. Metal sculptures can be many things. They can be dynamic; they can move and they can interact. They can whatever your imagination wants them to be. They can be Church buildings and they can also be Christmas trees. They can be trains and planes and, they can also be passengers. They can be anything and they can be everything.

Am I Scrap Metal Artist?

Have you seen any potters doing clayware? They make things out of clay. And what they can make from clay? Everything that can be imagined. How do they do it? Wet clay is used to form the desired object and then this wet object is put into any furnace until it hardens and strengthens.

Scrap metal artists also do the same. How? They too make things. The only difference is that scrap metal artists, as the name implies, use metals for making objects of their interest. They use these deserted and dejected shapes to form a fresh shape—known as scrap metal art. Nuts, bolts, screws, washers, keys, sprockets, chains, gears etc. are common elements of any art from scrap. These pieces are blended and welded together in such uniformity that ‘WOW’ becomes irresistible. You might have realized that you too have heaps of scrap metal around you such as broken watches, engine spare parts, outdated motherboards and hard disks etc. Well, don’t throw them away. Use them for recycled art. What you need is just little creativity and some tools.

Sci-fi Movie Monsters:

Though scrap metal art allows you to make whatever you imaginations want yet most of the inspiration comes through sci-fi movies. Sci-fi movies are biggest source of inspiration for scrap metal artists as these movies provide with plenty of metallic characters. And more interestingly, these characters carry so much details with them that one wonders whether they are metals or real alive characters. Sci-fi art is all about making these characters through scrap metals.

Let’s have a look at Terminator Statue. Its 7.5 feet tall sculpture with 5 main parts namely head, torso, 2 arms and legs. All pieces are can easily be joined with one another allowing you to move it from one place to the other without needing any tools. Though it’s merely a sculpture yet it inspires the same awe and fear as in movies.

Likewise, Star wars Art is quite celebrated among scrap metal artists. These artists aren’t letting epic star wars fade from memories. Characters from Darth Vader to R2D2 and C3PO are still alive through this art. The best thing about these star wars characters is that they are not as huge as they were in movie. They are smaller, they are beautiful and they are interactive. By seeing these sculptures you will realize that turning your drawing room into one of star war’s galaxies won’t be a bad idea at all.

Recycled art and you:

Art stays one step ahead of its contemporary sciences. Just as people have habit of collecting stamps, collecting books, collecting stones, increasing number of people are growing habit of collecting recycled art pieces. With these articles, they decorate their gardens, their restaurants, their games houses and even their drawing rooms.

What would you like to have in your drawing rooms or gaming rooms? Terminator Statue or Star wars army?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Metal Craft Heroes Always Saving Against Odds

The history of Science Fiction Movies Genre is same old as motion picture industry, but it’s first solid footprints were not felt any sooner than 2nd half of last century when mankind had already witnessed the powers of science through atomic bombs and flying rockets. UFOs, aliens, robots, Terminators, Predators, Iron Man and avengers and Wall-E etc. are some of direct creations of Science Fiction.

Talking about them is really interesting in many ways. At times they themselves are threat to mankind’s survival and at other times they are the defenders of mankind against other odds. Nevertheless, movies based on their theme are a great success and people love them watching them around in their real lives. Interestingly, recycled art has allowed us a chance to have them literally around us in our real lives.

Star Wars Legacy and Recycled Art:

Last quarter of 20th century is quite notable in terms of movie art because it gave birth to the characters big enough to forget even in next century. Characters such as Darth Vader, Boba Fett, C3PO, R2D2 and Battle Droid are some of those characters who still haunt our memories. Their dialogues have reached the status of maxims and quotes. All their action was propagated through their immaculate robotic presentations.

Though George Lucas has retired this year, he has left behind the legacy of artists who make these characters for those who have fascination for them. Star wars Art is a discipline in Recycled Art where artists use scrap metal to make characters mentioned above. Though these star wars sculptures are made of scrap metal, yet they have all those features and details peculiar to their original versions. They are tall, they are detailed, they carry their weaponry and more importantly, they are harmless. You won’t be hearing Boba Fett saying, ‘Maybe I had grown up a nice guy if Jedi hadn’t beheaded my father in front of my eyes’ or nor Darth Vader will find your faith disturbing.

Terminator Sculptures: ‘I will be back’

It was 1987, when we first heard T-800 in Los Angeles Police Station saying, ‘I’ll be back’. And after two and half decades, we aren’t sure when Terminator gets back to screens. Well, Terminator series is one of world’s biggest movie successes. Everyone keeps Terminator DVD in his laptops and computers and many of the fans still love Terminator posters hanging in their rooms. But, what about having terminator statue in real form?

Terminator will surely be aware of recycled art and had belief in it that one day when he will not be appearing in movies, he will be practically present in our homes and gardens and study rooms. He is back for never leaving us away. These metal crafts cannot help us from odds as they do in movies but they surely tell us how to react to those odds. An inspiration for science and promise for future, this is what these terminator sculptures are all about.

Wall-E and Recycling:

Snow capped mountains replaced by glutting mountains of trash and life-blessing rains replaced by breath sucking sandstorms and torrential downpours! Yes, based on aftermaths of mass consumerism, Wall-E is a latest commentary over modern life styles. Before we talk about it, you must watch it first.

Scrap metal art allows us to have our favorite characters around us and know that ‘More litter is making our lives bitter’.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Metals– From Heap of Trash to Joys of Treasure

What images arise when someone calls word ‘metal’? Coins, weapons, machines, ornaments, scrap, vehicles and etc! And periodic table of elements for those of students! Well, undoubtedly, for thousands of years, metals have been living with us in their various forms and shapes. Traders and merchants loved them for their currency value in the form of coins. Militaries craved for them to use as means of warfare. Women fancied metals in the forms of ornaments and jewels.

Metal and Metal Crafts:

Malleability is an inherent characteristic of metals allowing metals to be worked, hammered and shaped without breaking. Likewise, ductility allows metals to be stretched and twisted in the form of wires. As a result of malleability and ductility, number of metal crafts around us cannot be numbered. From food canes to heavy industrial machines and from war tanks to flying rockets, all are favors by metals.

To artists relating to all fields, metals hold special reverence as these metals have always helped them shaping and framing their artistry through them. Robotic terminators, predators, aliens and their weaponry are examples metals usage in modern movie art and sci-fi art. With increasing popularity of such characters, a new era of science and literature has begun. But, for the sake of our earth and environment, recycled art should be focused more and more.

Metals vs Environment:

As soon as world entered an age of industrialism, metals’ usage increased by nth times and this huge demand led to mass production of metals through metallurgy. For almost 2 centuries (apparently) things kept going quite smoothly and metals in various forms, infused in all our offices, houses, play grounds, hospitals, science laboratories, battle grounds and peace temples.

To keep up with demand, metallurgy was encouraged more and more until 2nd half of last century when men realized that we have imbalanced the environmental equilibrium. For not only the environment, the very life of man has been hit hard by them. For instance, heavy metals ions are enough to cause cancer, organ diseases, nervous damage, and at most, death. And since then, environment has become the prime focus of politicians and social environmentalists.

Metals and Modern Arts:

Metals bear great potentials of artistic adventurism. But scrap metals are twice admirable for their artistic rashness. The dumped vehicles, worn out home machines, out dated industrial machines are the biggest source of scrap. But all this scrap does not reach wreck yards and furnaces and reused in some other forms.
Recycling is a process of employing already existing things for other uses and applications. So when these articles are abandoned by us as an acute form of junk, litter and waste, scrap artists pick them up from vendors and start turning them into arts crafts. In modern movies, robotic characters are quite common. So, making scrap sculptures of these characters is a best use for the metals lying in junk yards.

These terminators, predators, Spartans, transformers, scorpions, motor cycles and furniture made out of scrap metals are worth thousand dollars. They teach the humanity the lesson of being beautiful, profitable and Eco-friendly. Besides, these metal crafts and scrap sculptures carry a strange sense of beauty that draws everybody towards it. The beauty lies in the process of transformation that is how a heap of junk and trash is converted into a piece of art which is worth treasuring.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Terminators, Aliens, Transformers, Predators || From Fantasies to Facts

Gardens turned into star wars ordeal, study rooms shaped into Skynet’s terminators and sitting lounge furnished with furniture made out of roasted metals! This is what a sci-fi fan is surrounded with all the time. Sci-fi art coupled with recycled art is a unique blend of two extremes.

Recycled art propagates essence of transmigration. It tells that there is always a better use for things that have been discarded and abandoned as litter, waste, junk and scrap. And when things can be used again and again, in one form or another, there comes reason for the future. And what future will be like? Watch movie art. Sci-fi art becomes the liaison to the future and predicts how it would be or could be.

Science fiction versus Physical Sciences:

A lot of people are confused about sci-fi movies and literature. They tend to take it as practically nonsensical and claim the characters and events to be far removed from reality. How can an air craft kiss the face of sun whose rays are powerful enough to melt the rocks from the farthest distances? How can machines run mankind into slavery when their own existence rests at our disposal? How can we move faster than light when ‘special theory of relatively’ tells it’s practically impossible to move faster than light?

In short, to arguers, science fiction is nowhere close to physical sciences and thus, has no importance in our lives. And frankly speaking, I don’t have any bones to pick with them over their statement. But, Science fiction never aims at following establishes rules, theories and facts of science. It’s ironic to expect ‘fiction’ obeying physical rules of world. Fiction in its very nature needs to be imaginative and needs not necessarily be based on facts. Once this difference is understood and accepted, science fiction will ultimately start impressing upon hearts and minds.

Future shown today:

‘Science is what you know of today and science fiction is what you should know of tomorrow. Physical science deals with the facts but facts formulation carries a comprehensive process of hypothesizing and experimenting before forming conclusive facts. And based on these facts, relevant technologies are developed and, these technologies ultimately define the course of future.

Science fiction moves on other grounds; imaginative and artistic realms of mind. And once ideas propagated in movie art find potentials, scientists gear themselves up to bring it into reality. For instance, Jonathan Swift, couple of centuries ago, was first to introduce flying machines in his ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and when readers first read it, they called it impossible to have them around. But, now the air traffic is jam pack with all types of air crafts. So, the fantasies of past have become realities of present. Under same wings, today’s fantasies will become future’s commonplace realities.

Recycled Art and Sci-fi Characters:

In our times when environment is the pressing issue everywhere, recycled art promises the survival. And scrap metal artists are the ones who not only show their passion for bringing life to the dead but by making sci-fi characters, they unwind the relations among all; past, present and future. For those who know how science works on the basis of sci-fi art, there would be no surprises for them when they see terminators doing their dishes and aliens doing office works with them in their offices in future. Because, sooner or later, fantasies are sure to become facts.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Clean Up the Entire Planet

We have built aero planes and trains for mass transportation and have created internet and mobile phones for mass communication. Frankly speaking, this all is wonderful and our lives without all these machines would be next to death. But at what costs did we achieve all this?

We made all this progress at the cost of our earth that we live in. The heart of earth has been torn apart for getting its buried treasures; the trees have cut down to fend for our energy needs, protective layers of our environment have been terribly shoot down and now the entire world is bruised and needs embalmment. How can we make our environment life friendly again? Recycling holds the key to our planet’s survival that in turn promises our existence.

Recycling needs worldwide encouragement:
After years of reckless exploitation of environment, decades of pollution and centuries of terrible resource depletions, our planet is at the verge of destruction and now, as never before, it is our responsibility to take cautions in our lives. World affairs have now been so much dependent on all natural sources that it’s almost impossible to stop their usage, particularly of metals, right away is impossible. So recycling and Recycled art must be encouraged globally.

Recycling resembles exercising. We all are well aware of the fact that we do need it yet we never take any initiatives towards practically doing them and while doing so, we know that we are risking our health and life. Generally we are prone to thinking garbage and food packaging only as litter and junk and nothing in particular is wrong with this approach. Scrap metal is also another most widely referred litter which comprises almost 40% of the world litter collected worldwide. Recycling all them would be miraculously healing for our world because it must lead to following results.

Cutting Down Global Warming:
Even dumping scrap is hazardous to environment as it increases leaching of toxic materials, pollution and environmental degradation. Producing certain elements right from scratch not only results in more energy consumption but also leads to increasing global warming. For example, Al production creates 95% more CO2 as compared to recycled Al.

Recycling is not always about melting metals and molding them into newer shapes for fresh use. Using metals for newer purposes too is prime example of Recycling. A lot of artists are using scrap metals in various art forms such as Movie art or Star wars art. Pieces of scrap metals are acquired from various sources and all these pieces are used in such a way as to make different sculptures, sci-fi characters and vehicles.

Better Energy Consumption:
Recycling ultimately spares us with a lot of energy that was once to be used for creating metals from the start. To make it stand out, let’s follow plastic recycling which consumes twice lesser energy than making new plastic. Once this energy is saved, it can be used for better purposes and would surely help in meeting with its ever increasing demands. It’s not all but just a cog in the wheel. This recycling helps in reducing air pollution, improving water sources and eco-friendly environment.

Be the change that you want:
Almost every one of us should practice recycling as much as possible and help each other in strengthening our planet. Collectively we all can bring the difference that we want and speak about.

Monday, 1 October 2012

A Heaven of Hell and Hell of Heaven

‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven’, said John Milton in his epic ‘Paradise Lost’. Though he was talking about mind in general and not about men’s mind, this is universal explanation of mind state. A catalyzed and eager mind always finds realms to satisfy its adventurous instincts.
Under the same adventurous instincts, men started campaigns to find the truths of life and thus scientific disciplines were formed. Initially science happened to be a Moses’ staff which turned mankind’s miser destiny for the good and proved how we can make heaven of hell but I am afraid, things did not remain same for long enough and we built war air-crafts, missiles, atomic bombs for our self destruction. Now science is being used to make hell of heaven. Nevertheless, art is still blessing in disguise for the minds which are adventurous and want to make hell of heaven again.

Planet of Wasteland:

Whether industrialism has changed the world for the better or worse, it has surely brought in unprecedented amount of wastes with it. Just have a look at statistics relating to America. According to studies conducted in 2005, America’s 300 million people comprise only 5% of world’s total population. And America, being the leading waste producer in the world, produces quarter of world’s waste. It’s terrible to see that 5% of the world is able to produce one-fourth of the world’s junk. By seeing these deteriorating ecological conditions, we need to realize that economic stability relies only on ecological sustainability. Standards of success of any society should also be revised once for all. To see how good a society is, we need to see how its garbage is recycled and not by how many things are produced.

Recycle. Recycle efficiently and quickly. This is what we need now. Art from Scrap metal is the most innovative and exciting form of recycling wastes. Recycled art firmly believes in making heaven of hell. It’s always wonderful to see how one man’s junk is turned into another’s artwork. Not all the metals need to go wreck yards, some need artists’ creative desks as well. What can be created with this scrap? Your imagination is limit. From extra-terrestrial cyber cops to mammoth mammal structures, everything can be created by using simple metal scraps such as bike chains, plugs, gears and cables etc.

Recycling and Recycled Art:

‘Sorting, collecting and recreating’, this is how recycling works. Almost everything that we see around was once created. Once useless, it can be recycled to create another thing. The most recyclable materials include metals, papers, clothes, biodegradable waste and plastic etc. Each of recyclable material described before, involves particular recycling method. US environmental agency conducted a research on recycling and they came up with great results. According to the results formed after research, using recycled metals helps in saving 75% energy. Air pollution and water pollution reduces by 86% and 76% respectively. But recycling runs along the risks of accidents, injuries and even deaths.

Artists see grotesque things as quite fascinating subjects for their art. Recycled art provides adventure without any risks that is not only exciting but is safe for society as well. Metal craftsare exciting not only to see but they are worth keeping as art pieces as well.