Metal Menagerie: Beasts, Fish and Birds by Steel Pond Studios

 Wolf, Robert Jefferson Travis Pond

When scrap-metal sculptor Robert Jefferson Travis Pond starts on a new piece, the end result isn't really the focus. 

Half of what I do is collecting materials. I look for objects with significance and meaning, objects that have connections to us as individuals and as a whole. The scraps I use are a part of our human history.

Then, he takes those parts and builds incredible animals out of them, like the wolf above (my favorite) and the koi below. The pieces are fairly large, and presumably heavy, but neither of those things detracts from the impression of motion Pond's work expresses. Strong lines, graceful curves, and interesting details make Pond's work unique.

Koi, Robert Jefferson Travis Pond

And much like the finished sculptures' inspiration, the process of piecing them together is completely organic.

For me, the question is never where to start; it is always when to stop. It is a constant look beyond the object, beyond the form, to what is next. Each circumstance, or in this case, each piece, spontaneously connects to the next.

Owl, Robert Jefferson Travis Pond

The result is a dynamic and thoughtful rendering of a creature, built out of pieces of our own history. Just amazing. And there are plenty more where these few came from. The Steel Pond Studios site has tons of images of Pond's sharks, tigers, roosters, and even a pocket phoenix. He also makes furniture and wall hangings. Link -via Unconsumption

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