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The Iron Sculpture Master


Leveraging his technical expertise as an industrial mechanical engineer, Italian artist Mattia Trotta creates the most amazing wire sculptures we've ever seen.

The iron sculpture master begins the whole process with an outline drawing. Because he doesn't use any welding or brazing, and works entirely with his hands, the hard manual labor is often preceded by a design on paper.

Trotta then creates a skeleton of steel wrapped around with wire. One by one, wires are tangled and compacted to fill-in the casing. “Every wire and twist is given a reason to exist,” explains Trotta. Once complete, the iron sculptures are soaked in acid to prevent corrosion and to extract the natural shades of color from the wires.

“Thoughts, information sharing, emotions – everything is connected in one chain,” says Trotta. “My chain sets the rhythm and speed so that the extent will cover the light and shadow, calm and chaos, the air and matter, heaven and earth.”

















Mattia Trotta's website

Eugene Kim

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