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Amazing Masks Made of Metal Type, Bolts, and Screws

masks made of thousands of bolts

Ontario-based artist Dale Dunning combines typography and sculpting to create his intricately welded bronze and aluminum sculptures. The metallic masks are made of hundreds of typefaces, like a figurative stamp. The letters that make up each androgynous face serves as a symbol of communication and knowledge. The sculptor's creations vary in texture, whether they are presenting a grid of fonts or a meld of thousands of bolts, screws, and washers.

Dunning focuses on the head without the distraction of limbs and the rest of the body because the head itself is an emblem of the mind. He says, “The head is universally recognized, easy to identify with. We live in our heads, see, feel, and experience the world in our head. It serves as the foundation upon which I can develop various paths to explore.”

Check out the video, below, to hear the artist reflect upon his own work.

Artist Dale Dunning creates amazing masks made of thousands of bolts, type, and screws.

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Images via [Oeno Gallery, Christine Klassen Gallery]
Dale Dunning website
via [Endless Geyser of Awesome]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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