Recycled art can take many forms but one of the most inventive is surely that of using scrap metal. Old car parts, bits of old machinery and twisted wiring can be the source of some incredible designs. One scrap metal artist that is becoming increasingly popular is Wenda Vorce.
She displays her work on facebook under the name of Mooncricket Creations and believes that she has displayed (and sold) over a thousand pieces. There is no doubt that people are becoming increasingly aware of the value of recycled artworks. She works on whatever discarded or rusty metalwork that she comes across that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Wenda uses a torch to weld old pieces together and has also used a plasma cutter. As with other forms of “green” or recycling art, the best advice to budding artists is simply to have a go. Many of the artists that I have come across are self taught with no formal training. If you have something to say through your artwork, perhaps working with scrap metal is the way to unleash your creativity?
Wenda likes her sculptures to be fun and tries to include at least one moving part in them. She uses things as unusual as trampoline springs to achieve this and manages to produce an extraordinarily wide range of art. It seems that she has an unlimited store of ideas for new creations.
Part of the fun of scrap metal art is that you find yourself curious to know exactly where all of the various bits and pieces originate from. To realise that something so wonderful can emerge from such terrible waste is an eye-opener for many and helps to explain the rise in appreciation of such art in recent years. Ironically, the move to convert unwanted scrap metals into artwork has coincided with a steep rise in the value of scrap metal in general.
Efforts have been made to make it easier for people to have their scrap metal recycled, and some of it can be surprisingly valuable. Non-ferrous metals such as copper, aluminium, brass and bronze can be worth good money from a scrap yard and crime is also on the increase as people scavenge from any available source in the hope of making a few pounds.