Pierre Arpin Creates Immortal Art from Recycled Metal

This transmutation of recycled metal parts is a way to extend the life of auto parts

From February 9, 2012 – One day, while waiting in an auto repair shop, Canadian sculptor Pierre Arpin spotted a damaged hood and asked if he could have it. The shop obliged, starting the artist down a lengthy path of creation. While he typically favors hoods, Arpin has also applied his unique touch to doors and radiators.

The artists uses heat to remove the orignial paint before taking a grinder to the metal to create his one-off designs. Depending on the piece, paint may be reapplied afterward. Arpin calls the process a type of “alchemy,” and says that the technique gives the pieces a certain level of “immortality.”


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