British contemporary sculptor Martin Debenham creates stainless steel wire sculptures inspired by fantasy and nature. Working with a malleable material that has endless potential, the self-taught artist’s growing collection of wire art features impressive structures rendered from intricate twists, bends, and expert welding.
Appearing as though they’re three-dimensional line drawings, most of Debenham’s metal masterpieces are made for outdoor display. When placed into natural environments, they seem to evoke mythical narratives as they glimmer in the sunlight. For example, in one piece, a wire-sculpted mermaid sits on a rock by a lily pond, positioned as though she’s contemplating going for a swim. Each strand of wire is sculpted into curves that follow the form of the female body, then flow into a long mermaid tail.
In another, featuring hundreds of wire looped feathers and silvery talons, a Golden Eagle appears to have been frozen in time while soaring through a garden. This “hovering” illusion was cleverly created by supporting the 22 lb (10 Kg) sculpture by two transparent plinths. Other sculptures include “improvisation” pieces that have spontaneously evolved into figurative and abstract forms. Mounted on wooden bases, these expressive forms showcase the artist’s boundless imagination.
You can find more of Debenham’s sculptures via his Art Parks profile.