Oslo, Norway-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm evokes powerful emotions using old bolts heated, forged, bent, and twisted to look like humanistic forms. The series, titled Bolt Poetry, began when the Swedish-born artist stumbled across the rusty bolts discarded in a barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. Something about the aging, discolored objects called to him, and Malm was able to give them new life as creative, poignant sculptures that portray everything from a parent's love to hopeless despair.
“The bolts reminded me of human forms, and I felt they had something to tell,” Malm says. “I tried to create relations, meetings and situations and suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour. A kind of poetry was created, hence the title.”