Ingenious Artist Uses Cutlery To Create Charming Bird Sculptures

Utensil Bird Sculpture by Matt Wilson

When most of us look at silverware, we think about the next meal we'll be eating, but not Matt Wilson. The South Carolina-based artist, also known as Airtight Artwork, bends and manipulates spoons, forks, and knives into works of art. While he sculpts various animals, some of absolute our favorites are his flocks of birds, which he mounts on gorgeous wood backgrounds.

Wilson is an expert at using the shapes and textures of the flatware to create the details of his birds. The ridges on a handle may become a wing's feathers, while the spoon's curve helps create their heads. And though Wilson enjoys using recognizable and relatable material, he also appreciates that the cutlery has become increasingly abstract as his sculptures have become more elaborate.

“I'm constantly thinking about how to render different body parts out of metal,” he tells My Modern Met. “Using curves and angles, but also negative space to create flow. I like for the viewer's eye to have to do a little work when observing my pieces.”

Wilson's choice of material stems from the readily available and sustainable nature of the utensils. By using scrap metal, he's breathing new life into something that might otherwise end up in the trash heap, elevating it to fine art.

“I really love when people don't realize it's utensils or cutlery right away, and they discover it for themselves,” he adds.

Scroll down to see more work from Wilson's June flock release, which is already sold out. If you want to take home a sculpture, you can sign up for his newsletter to receive notice of the next release.

South Carolina-based artist Matt Wilson creates incredible bird sculptures from utensils.

Utensil Bird Sculpture by Matt Wilson

He expertly manipulates forks, knives, and spoons to create his metallic flocks.

Utensil Bird Sculpture by Matt Wilson

“I really love when people don't realize it's utensils or cutlery right away, and they discover it for themselves.”

Utensil Bird Sculpture by Matt Wilson

His sculptures usually sell out, so sign up for his newsletter on his website for more information about when the next flock will be released.

Utensil Bird Sculpture by Matt Wilson

Utensil Bird Sculpture by Matt Wilson

Utensil Bird Sculpture by Matt Wilson

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Matt Wilson.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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