This self-taught artist uses “recycled tools, unloved canvases, tired skateboards and anything else he finds” to transform ordinary materials into sculptures that merge with nature.
More often than not, installations by mankind combat nature rather than work with it. Recycled art by self-taught Dan Rawlings does the exact opposite.
Rawlings, who is based in Gloucestershire, UK, works with “recycled tools, unloved canvases, tired skateboards and anything else he finds” to transform ordinary materials into sculptures that merge with nature. To make his masterpieces, Rawlings uses files, grinders, scalpels, and welders. According to Bored Panda, the artist believes the process of making something is just as important as the final outcome.
“Much of my childhood was spent marveling at anybody who could make things with their hands,” wrote Rawlings. “And I’ve made a conscious effort to learn as much about as many things as possible. I regularly jumped from job to job just to pick up inside knowledge or to learn new skills.”
The most eye-catching of his pieces is a white delivery truck cut to resemble the trees of a forest. Entitled Nature Delivers, the piece was commissioned by Kendal Calling and Walk the Plank for the Lost Eden festival.
Sadly, Nature Delivers was set on fire earlier this year. However, this fact hasn’t bummed out the artist. He said, “I guess it’s become a collaboration with someone I don’t know.” Learn more by visiting his website, Instagram and Facebook page.
Following is a collection of his work:
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