I am a Portland, Oregon based metal and found material sculpture artist. I have been making found art/industrial sculptures for over 20 years. My subjects are usually people or animals, along with re-purposed eccentric, but functional furniture.
I uses a variety of materials from all kinds of metal, to construction waste, to everyday household items. Often it entails getting to the guts of things like old vacuum cleaners, typewriters, or any type of mechanical device. Taking things apart usually takes longer than building the sculpture itself. I likes to use old conduit, plastic material, or anything that will take decades to biodegrade—if at all.
My art consists of 100% recycled or re-purposed materials that I'm keeping out of the landfill. I find materials at Goodwill, estate sales, dumpsters, free piles, used silverware on Ebay, scrap yards, random people calling me with junk, or anywhere else imaginable. Finding the materials is a huge part of the process.
Landfills all over the world are overflowing and filling up. Creating art from materials that take decades or centuries to biodegrade if at all is a good way to keep some of this garbage out. Creating art is my contribution to the solution.