Artist Turns Scrap Metal into Delicately Crafted Insect Sculptures

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Many children develop a short-lived fascination with bugs, but French artist Edouard Martinet’s childhood curiosity has stayed with him to this day. When he was 8 years old, a teacher introduced him to “the wonder of insects,” igniting an interest in ants, wasps, beetles, and other creepy crawlies. Today, the talented artist turns his fascination into art with incredible insect sculptures crafted from scrap metal.

Martinet uses a variety of found waste materials such as rusted forks, typewriters keys, car headlights, umbrella ribs, and bike chains. Each piece begins as a sketch, followed by a rummage through his collection of “junk” to find the perfect pieces. Many sculptures can take several months, or even years to complete, as Martinet would rather wait until he finds the perfect part rather than compromise his vision. The objects are then held together with screws, resulting in stunning works that measure between 30 centimeters and 2 meters long.

Martinet turns umbrella arms into spindly insect legs, bike headlights into beady eyes, and spectacle arms into outstretching antennae. Each piece features an incredible amount of detail, resulting in realistic metal depictions that look as though they could come to life and scurry across the floor.

Scroll down to see some of Martinet’s insect sculptures and find more of his work on his website.

French artist Edouard Martinet turns scrap metal into delicately crafted insect sculptures.

 

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet
Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

The realistic metal depictions look as though they could come to life and scurry across the floor.

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

He even made a fish out of old metal parts!

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Scrap Metal Insect Sculptures by Edouard Martinet

Photo: Xavier Scheinkmann

Edouard Martinet: Website | Website

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Edouard Martinet / Xavier Scheinkmann.

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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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