Larger Than Life Lion Sculpture Made from Hand-Cut Steel Weighs Over 700 Pounds

Metal Lion Sculpture by Selcuk Yilmaz

Istanbul-based sculptor Selçuk Yılmaz creates larger than life, three-dimensional animal sculptures from thin strands of hammered and welded metal. His latest work—titled Kali—takes the form of a majestic lion sculpture, whose ferocious features include a flowing mane and muscular physique. Every inch is made from meticulously placed pieces of steel in various textures.

With a length of approximately 11.5 feet, the incredible artwork weighs 772 pounds, making it Yılmaz’s largest sculpture to date. By hand-cutting, hammering, and welding each metallic component himself in his studio, Yılmaz is able to exercise complete control and add many precise and intricate details.

The beast’s kingly mane is made from various lengths of steel that have been sculpted into lustrous, thin wisps and curled metal strands. The body is made from solid steel shapes, welded together to depict the lion’s powerful, muscular frame. Kali’s fierce face is made from—what looks like—hundreds of thin metal strands that mimic the natural flow of a lion’s fur, while his sharp steel teeth gleam menacingly.

You can see more of Yılmaz’s impressive work on Instagram and Behance.

Artist Selçuk Yılmaz has outdone himself with his latest lion sculpture boasting ferocious features that include a flowing mane and muscular physique.

Metal Lion Sculpture by Selcuk Yilmaz

Every inch of this massive beast is made from hand-cut pieces of steel in various textures.

Metal Lion Sculpture by Selcuk Yilmaz

Metal Lion Sculpture by Selcuk Yilmaz

Selçuk Yılmaz: Instagram | Behance
h/t: [Twisted Sifter]

All images via Selçuk Yılmaz.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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