From Recycled Motors and Discarded Metals, Edouard Martinet Imagines Meticulously Detailed Wildlife — Colossal



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#Edouard Martinet
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March 4, 2024

Kate Mothes

A detailed sculpture of an owl made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

“Chouette (Owl)” (2023), metal mixed media sculpture, 38 x 36 centimeters. Photo courtesy of Sladmore Gallery. All images © Edouard Martinet, shared with permission

With a body made from a motorcycle fender, wings from bike chain guards, and legs from tapestry staples and spectacle case parts, a beady-eyed owl comes to life from discarded metal.

French artist Edouard Martinet (previously) has a knack for revitalizing materials like motor components, medical implements, bicycle parts, and other accessories into meticulously detailed animals. While one fish takes shape from fan blades, cake molds, spatulas, and oil lamp badges, another’s teeth and bones are composed of upholstery staples and tablespoons.

Martinet sources his materials from flea markets and garage sales, seeing potential in a wide range of shapes, densities, and textures. In the studio, he painstakingly manipulates the metal into unique puzzle-like pieces that fit together precisely, relying on screws to fasten them together rather than welding.

If you’re in Paris this April, stop by Galerie Bettina, where Martinet will exhibit a combination of bronze and unique sculptures. In November, the artist will present a solo exhibition of new work at Sladmore Gallery in London. Until then, follow Martinet on Instagram for updates.

 

The underside of a detailed sculpture of a beetle made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

Underside detail of “Hercules Beetle (Dynaste Hercules)” (2022), bronze, from an edition of 8, cast using the lost wax process at Fonderie Rosini, Paris, 24 x 60 centimeters. Photo courtesy of Sladmore Gallery

A detailed sculpture of a Hercules beetle made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

“Hercules Beetle (Dynaste Hercules)” (2022). Photo courtesy of Sladmore Gallery

A detail of a sculpture of an owl, focused on its talons, made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

Detail of “Chouette (Owl)” (2023). Photo by Laurent Guizard

A detailed sculpture of a moorhen made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

Photo by Laurent Guizard

A detailed sculpture of a skeletal fish with sharp spines and fins, made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

“Stickleback” (2022), metal mixed media sculpture, 24 x 120 centimeters. Photo courtesy of Sladmore Gallery

A detailed sculpture of a brown and black beetle, made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

Photo by Xavier Scheinkmann

A detailed sculpture of a toad made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

Photo by Xavier Scheinkmann

A side-by-side image. On the left, artist Edouard Martinet works on a metal sculpture of a toad in his studio. On the right, a sculpture of an ostrich is shown in profile, made from different types of metal.

Left: Martinet in his studio. Photo courtesy of Sladmore Gallery. Right: “Autruche.” Photo by Xavier Scheinkmann

A detailed, chrome-colored sculpture of a fish made from many different kinds of salvaged metals.

Photo by Xavier Scheinkmann

#animals
#Edouard Martinet
#metal
#metalwork
#sculpture

 

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