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Massive Sculptures Made of Nails, Bottle Caps, and Brushes

Drawing inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe's short story “The Raven,” former playwright Will Ryman creates his own bird out of thousands of nails, proving his mastery of the arts forevermore. The artist's Bird sculpture stands 12 feet high, consisting of 1,500 nails varying in length and size to form a giant bird holding an equally massive rose in its beak. Scale plays a big role in Ryman's latest series of works, which all happen to utilize much of its exhibition space.

Another common theme amongst the artist's unconventionally constructed works are the everyday materials used in each piece. While Bird incorporates an assortment of numerous nails, Everyman makes use of bottle caps and work boots. This sculpture installation features a gargantuan 90-foot-long man lying along the walls of the space. His blue shirt is made up of the rubber soles of 250 pairs of work boots while his shimmering silvery hands and feet are composed of over 30,000 bottle caps.

As if the aforementioned pieces weren't enough, Ryman has a third impressive installation simply known as Brushes that employs the use of a whopping 200,000 paint brushes. The brushes, which stand 14 feet high, are stacked atop each other to create abstract, textured walls. One perspective displays a wooden surface while the other side exposes the bristles of the brushes, appearing like a furry barrier.

It's difficult to imagine constructing such immense figures, but Ryman has managed to pique our interests with his ordinary materials in addition to his brilliant execution. The three installations of Ryman's exhibit titled Anyone and No One is currently on display at both Chelsea locations of Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York until March 24, 2012.

Will Ryman website
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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