French artist Edouard Martinet has an incredible talent for seeing bits and pieces of junk as more than just piles of trash. With great detail and precision, the artist assembles everything from bike chains and clock springs to old spoons and cake tins to form a variety of amazing bug sculptures.
Martinet’s sculpting process is unique. Rather than soldering or welding the parts together, he meticulously screws the parts together by hand. It can take him anywhere from one month to many years to complete his little creatures, some of which stand more than 2 feet long. He accompanies each playful little insect with an extensive parts list so that viewers can identify the variety of objects that come together in perfect combinations.
According to one review, Martinet’s work involves “A graceful wit, a re-imagining of the obvious in which a beautifully finished object glows not with perfection, but with character, with new life.”