Nailed it! John Bisbee’s magnificent nail sculptures
30 years’ worth of stunning sculptures created using only 12-inch nails.April 14, 2015
Thirty years ago, John Bisbee was wading his way through an abandoned house in search of interesting items he could use for his artwork when he accidentally kicked over a bucket full of old, rusty, 12-inch nails. To his surprise, instead of scattering all over the floor, the nails had fused together and retained the shape of the bucket.
Bisbee was inspired, and he saw that even with a medium as simple as nails, the possibilities were endless. So now, three decades on, the American sculptor is still using the same medium he stumbled over by chance all this years ago, hammering, bending, welding and fastening them into all manner of quirky shapes and sizes. His mantra? "Only nails, always different." And a quick look at the wide variety on display in his stunning sculptures certainly backs that up.
How one man has managed to create all this lot from nails we do not know, but one thing is for sure: it's damn impressive.
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