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Sunday, December 23, 2007


As part of my job as a human being who likes to recycle things from the trash, I've discovered that my artwork translates rather easily to using wire hangers. As you can imagine here in the city, there is always a fresh supply of wire hangers that people throw out from their dry-cleaning. Over the years, I've turned them into, horses, rabbits, bugs, skulls, pumpkins and all kinds of Christmas ornaments but my favorite subject matter for these wire sculptures is my dog Tildon. I've been visualizing this piece for a while now and decided it was time to actually break out the wire cutters and get to work. Part of the challenge is that I like to restrict myself to using only 1 wire hanger per sculpture. In a piece that i have no idea how much wire I may or may not use like this one, I completely bend out the entire wire hanger including the hooked and twisted together parts. They don't always work and most of them include a few re-bent sections, but when they do work out, they look like this.

TILDON SLEEPING WITH LEG EXTENDED (Even when he's sleeping he likes to keep his ears up to make sure he doesn't miss out on anything)


the ice chewer said...

I love it and I digg it!!!!!

David Berube BerubeArt said...

You're so cute Mr. Ice Chewer!!!

Gwen Buchanan said...

The whole idea of making something from nothing is just my thing. Too much stuff is thrown away in our society. We built our house with so much old stuff that was being tossed into the garbage, & now our home has lots of character. It's obvious that there is still a lot of beauty left in those so called pieces of junk. Your dog sculpture is beautiful! you have captured him.

George G said...

OOh! Love this one. I had a friend who used to make much kitschier things out of wire hangers, but he also had a dog piece - he went to town with I-don't-know-how-many hangers and made a poodle.

Yours is so... eloquent.