Saturday, October 29

Old Auto Parts Made Fabulous

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These wonderful welding sculptures were done by Australian artist James Corbett. He’s 46 years old and lives in Ningi, Queensland, Australia with his wife Jodie. He creates his popular sculptures using pieces of old cars; the French and British cars are James' favorites to retrieve for his work.

He said he got started when; "I was working in a scrap warehouse and a guy I know that ran stock car races, showed me a Trophy made of used car parts. The winner was Levers Of Change. I looked at it and I thought that I could do a much better job so I started making my own sculptures." And the rest was pure inspiration and talent.

James explains that welding and the sculpture of the parts is not what consumes the most time when making a piece. He says; "Often the longest part of the process is finding old parts suitable for the sculpture."

His sculptures are made of gears, spark plugs, exhausts, radiators, anything that James can find. After spending weeks dedicated to locating suitable pieces, he meticulously cleans every part and welds them together. "On average, each piece takes a little over two weeks of work, but the larger pieces can take much longer", he says.

Corbett is a genius, this is the man that converts parts of cars that have been scrapped into sculptures worth thousands of dollars. I admire him for his talent and he’s helping the earth by recycling. The best of both worlds. 

His favorite pieces? "My two favorite pieces I've created for this exhibition are the ram and the wild boar," he says.

Now, let’s take a look at his fabulous art, these pieces below were all fabricated from junk cars made from 1950 and 1960. I think you’ll love what you see I know I do!

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The piece above, a ram made of spark plugs sold for a
whopping $23,000!

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An amazing artist at work!

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These are really brilliant sculptures and you can tell that Corbett puts a lot of tedious work into them. The ram has so many spark plugs on it, can you imagine assembling it? No wonder it was so expensive.

I enjoy looking at each of them to see what car parts he’s used and how he used them. He is very talented and his work is beautiful.

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