Welded sculpture

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Anthony Caro, Black Cover Flat, 1974

Welded sculpture (related to visual art and works of art) is an art form in which sculpture is made using welding techniques. Welding was increasingly used in sculpture from the 1930s as new industrial processes such as arc welding were adapted to aesthetic purposes.[1] Welding techniques, including digital cutting, can be used to cut and join metal. Welded sculptures are sometimes site-specific.[2]

The Beginning - 2007 by Todor Todorov
Reaching for Freedom - 2014 site-specific street sculpture welded in scrap iron by TEJN.

Artist Richard Hunt said "The idea of exploiting welding methods and the tensile strength of metals opened up many possibilities to me. This idea was actually linked to the increasing recognition among artists that an art which was representative of our own time ought to use materials and techniques that were at hand, whether it was new experiments using plastics, new kinds of paints, new kinds of surfaces in painting, or using materials developed during the war effort.[3]"

Artists who have worked in welded sculpture include:




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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Judy K.Van Wagner Collischan, Lund Humphries, 2000
  2. ^ "welded, site-specific iron sculptures". 
  3. ^ Richard Hunt: Freeing the Human Soul

Further reading[edit]

  • Creating Welded Sculpture By Nathan Cabot Hale, Courier Dover Publications, 1994
  • Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Judy K.Van Wagner Collischan, Lund Humphries, 2000