British artist Ptolemy Elrington creates delightful creatures whose formative material is in direct contrast with their natural forms. His artistic venture known as Hubcap Creatures is a “one man company” that prominently features Elrington's animal sculptures, each one built using only salvaged materials. Incorporating a variety of metals into his herd of hardware, he combines a creative eye for clean aesthetics and his skill with malleable materials to create his striking beasts.
Made entirely of recycled scraps, Elrington’s animals bear scars from former lives—scratches in a wolf’s hubcap flank were picked up after being abandoned on the side of the road and a cat's segmented tail is just slightly bent out of shape. For the creative Brit, “these marks add texture and history to the creatures they decorate,” imposing a sense of imperfection on the robotic sculptures and adding to their realism despite the distinctly metallic sheen.
His time-intensive sculptures pose an intriguing look into what separates the natural from the man-made, and they visually explore the similarities and differences between native anatomical components and the cogs and screws which we invent to make our machines function.