30.3.12

Trash To Treasures: The Sculptures Of Dave Thompson




Trash to Treasures: The Sculptures of Dave Thompson is the current exhibit showing at the Spring Preserve until May 20th 2012.  Found-object artist Dave Thompson uses primarily discarded metal, recycling it and transforming it into mythical creatures and other other worldly creations.  
Mr. Thompson’s works are seamlessly incorporated into the natural landscape of the Preserve and concentrated among the gardens and the paths leading towards the gardens.  At the entryway to the Preserve one is met with a large tree made using recycled metal, old pots, pans and teapots as well as wine bottles filled with bright colored liquids.  
As you continue down the pathways there are cleverly placed long horn sheep made from old machine parts along the boulders and turtles, squirrels and frogs placed among and on the rocks.  These whimsical creations are delightful to observe and I enjoyed the bright colors of some of his works contrasted with the rusty uniform color of others.  Further in the garden among the marshlands are his mermaid sculpture titled: Misty, whose hair is even made of long metal strands and other water animals, such as fish and flamingos.  
The boys particularly delighted in the various dragons such as: Sabretooth Dragon, Hissie Dragon.  These brightly colored dragons pop out among the desert landscape.  
Dave Thompson did not train as an artist but rather worked as a welder who stumbled upon his talent while working on a welding project which required him to curve and manipulate the medium.  He eventually picked up a few scrape pieces to work with and practice and ended up creating his first dragon.  Impressed with the way in which his piece took on a life of its own he began creating more art.  
I loved recycled art- Do you? 

13 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I do like it and I like that he kind of stumbled into his artistic talent - that's nice.
My cousin has two boys who I think would also very much enjoy those dragons :)

Karena said...

These are such cool sculptures!Dave is Very, very talented!!

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Karena
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a new girl in vienna said...

i love recycled art too!
just been catching up on your blog, i love all the photos from guatemala! looks a fascinating place

Luna Landing said...

I absolutely love recycled art - so creative and these are wonderful. Such a great way of re visioning our waste :)

Getrealmommy said...

Very creative! And so green too! Best of both worlds!

tinajo said...

That first pic looked mighty cool - my boys loved that! :-)

Thanks for visiting - I´ll be back to see what you´re up to! :-)

Luna Landing said...

Lady Ren, thanks for your comment on my Louis Vuitton post. I took a second look at that bag and is it just me or has Marc Jacobs got a Dr Suess thing happening with this collection???? What do you think?
Luna X.

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet ren, Dave Thompson is so creatibe and talented! I love recycle art too! That dragon is amazing. :) Happy april and have a beautiful week! Love to you!

Mise said...

What a striking and handsome dragon, streets ahead of trash, and indeed a lot of nonrecycled art. Well done Mr Thompson.

cpcable said...

Recycled art is pretty awesome. These sculptures seem intense. :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I do I love it!! Especially when it is done with Whimsey and humor! Such a creative mind!

Carol

Pat Tillett said...

I do love recycled art! You've found some great ones!

liza said...

Yes I do! I love that frog. What a great exhibit. Thanks for sharing these, Ren.

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