Upcycling Artist Turns Scrap Metal and Discarded Objects Into Lifelike Animal Sculptures

Metal Animal Sculptures by Barbara Franc

Do you have a junk drawer at home? While most of us aren’t quite sure what to do with our odds and ends, London-based upcycling artist Barbara Franc turns hers into art. She creates incredible animal sculptures from scrap metal and other discarded household objects.

Franc’s animal sculptures comprise pretty much any object she can get her hands on, from cutlery, door handles, and keys to watches, bass guitar strings, and even dog lead clips. “I have a huge cupboard at home full of boxes of odd materials,” Franc tells My Modern Met. “Most items I find just lying around when I'm out in the park with my dog, some from junk shops or car boot sales, and many things are gifted to me by friends who know I collect slightly strange items that most people would throw away.”

The objects Franc works with often inform her subjects. She explains, “An old metal washer or chain might suggest an animal shape to me and I go from there.” Franc starts by making a rough armature out of wire and then starts deciding which “bits and pieces” work best. “I might spend a whole day attaching objects and then take them all off the next day to start afresh, it can be a long process,” she reveals. “I strive to make each piece feel alive and on the verge of moving off.”

Each of Franc’s finished works perfectly captures the animal’s movement and personality. Squirrels are posed as though they’re about to scurry off into the distance, and cats appear as inquisitive, metal felines with perked-up ears and swishing tails.

Scroll down to check out Franc’s metal animal sculptures and find even more from her portfolio on her website.

London-based upcycling artist Barbara Franc creates incredible animal sculptures from scrap metal and other discarded household objects.

Metal Animal Sculptures by Barbara Franc

Each detailed piece comprises objects she finds in old boxes and junk stores.

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Each animal is posed to mimic the movements of their real counterparts.

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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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