Russian artist Igor Verniy creates masterfully elegant steampunk animal sculptures using metal from old car parts, watches, electronics, and more. It’s not just the attention to detail that makes these creations come to life, these awesome metal animals also include moving parts.
It takes a lot of work to create motion-enhanced metal works of art. Verniy starts the process by observing animals out in nature in order to imitate their movements and aesthetics just right. Once he has their movements pinned he replicates them using recycled materials such as old car or bike parts, clock movements, tableware and anything else he can find that will work. Check out these realistic animals formed from metallic debris here!
Dove Of Hope
Verniy creates all kinds of animals including reptiles, bugs, dogs, and birds. Each creation includes carefully crafted joints that provide a wide range of natural movement, allowing the steampunk animals to be posed and reposed over and over.
Many of his creations carry strong symbolic meaning, for instance the Bird of Hope is the universal symbol of peace. And the fish (below) is crafted in light of Alexander Pushkin’s poem, “The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish.”
Here Fishy, Fishy
Check out the amazing details on this fish, like the serrated blade edges that form the teeth, and the awesome spine.
In an interview with Bored Panda Verniy revealed, “At heart, I’m an artist, and see the beauty of this world in bright colors, but I’m a technician, too. The combination of these two qualities has led to the creation of metal models.”
Hauntingly Sweet Surprise
Verniy seeks a lot of inspiration from the “outside world, in particular biology and the question of the origin of life. And all natural science, and dreams about the future of human civilization.”
Since Verniy’s friends and family know what he’s up to they have his back, and are constantly bringing him old items they think he can use on his creations. Although Verniy does a lot of collecting on his own, visiting flea markets in search of objects to buy.
Over time he has collected a lot of parts, most of which his brothers and friends are kind enough to keep stored in their garages. Verniy is organized with his collection, “All parts are sorted by category.”
Time For Take-Off
With the rise of global computerization the world has gone crazy for modern technology. Yet, even with iPads, touch screen computers, and Google Glasses, there are still people out there that prefer old school style stuff.
If the smell of motor oil, or the sight of rusty metal makes you feel nostalgia, or if Star Wars and Robocop make you happier than an ice cream pie, these awesome creations are sure to make your heart sing.
On The Wings Of A Butterfly
A creature as delicate as a butterfly is not commonly associated with old metal parts, yet Verniy brings the winged-creature to life, highlighting the true beauty of hard metal.
The Perfect Pup
Verniy sounds like one awesome guy. He says, “Feel free to dream childishly about unattainable things, because this always pushes people forward.”
Verniy’s favorite materials to use include copper, brass, glass, wood, aluminum, and steel. All of Verniy’s work is unique and completed as a single copy.
March Of The Monster Ant
I’d love to see this cool creation in action… just looking at those glowing red eyes brings this metal bug to life.