Art from scrap metal by Dan Rawlings


Dan Rawlings creates intricate artwork from pieces of scrap metal. His imagery is inspired by the fresh mindset of childhood, the fractal beauty of nature and our interaction with it. Typical scenes depicted include figures building a treehouse or walking amongst nature. Rawlings says, “In the past few years I’ve become obsessed with old tools, scrap metal, rust and corrosion. I enjoy the way metals are thought of as indestructible; they’re used for the frameworks of buildings, the bodies of cars, the hulls of ships and the tools used to make just about everything else. Yet rust serves to remind us how temporary it all is, like the weeds growing up through the cracks in an unused car park, rust is working away reclaiming the land…” (pictured above The Start- Hand cut vintage wood saws). Via Curious Duke Gallery

dan-rawlings-9Detail from 18ft high grain silo installation at Battersea AAF 2014

Dan-Rawlings-2Our Shadows – Hand cut vintage fire extinguisher

Dan-Rawlings-7New Growth 02 – Handcarved skateboard deck

Dan-Rawlings-4 Hazel 01

Dan-Rawlings-5The Tree House

Images via Curious Duke Gallery and Art8Star

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).