The Art Of Recycling: A Pretty Pile Of Scrap

'Brooklands Ford'
'Brooklands Ford'
In these lean, green times, even PH occasionally has to mention the 'R' word (that's 'recycling', not 'recession'). But it doesn't all have to be about cardboard eco-boxes with tyres made from old shoes. An exhibition opening its doors next weekend will show a selection of dramatic sculptures made from scrapped and damaged car parts, and includes many recreations of classic and vintage cars.

Australian artist James Corbett has been creating sculptures out of scrap for years, and much of his work has concentrated on cars and bikes. Many of the parts he uses come from rare and classic cars, and are sourced at scrap yards and swapmeets in Corbett's native Queensland.

But James doesn't confine his activities to the scrapyard and swapmeet. He once built himself a full-size car in the style of a pre-war racer. The car he named 'Toad Hall' is based on a Model T Ford chassis, and powered by a tuned Mercury flathead V8.

'Racing Morgan'
'Racing Morgan'

We've gathered some pictures below, showing a selection of the amazing sculptures that Corbett has created, some of which will be at the exhibition in a few weeks time. We hope the eagle-eyed among you might have some fun spotting where some of the parts have come from...

Corbett's latest British exhibition runs from 21 November to 19 December at the John Davies gallery in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. For more information check out James Corbetts' homepage, and be sure to visit the John Davies gallery's website for more pictures of amazing car part sculptures.

Works Austin
Works Austin
'BSA Bantam'
'BSA Bantam'
'Matchless'
'Matchless'
'Grand Prix Peugeot'
'Grand Prix Peugeot'
'The Farmer's Friend'
'The Farmer's Friend'
'JC Cooper 500'
'JC Cooper 500'

 

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  • TheRoadWarrior 10 Nov 2009

    Cool! How big are they? I cant get any sense of scale from the pictures.

  • danrc 10 Nov 2009

    I was thinking that too.

    I love the attention to detail on them.

  • Hugo a Gogo 10 Nov 2009

    TheRoadWarrior said:
    Cool! How big are they? I cant get any sense of scale from the pictures.
    the bantam has a spark plug on the back wheel, so you can tell from that I suppose

    really nice, great impressions of speed

  • thewheelman 10 Nov 2009

    The exhibition is in my neck of the woods,might have to drag the girlfriend down for a look. (that'll teach her for dragging me around clothes shops all weekend)

  • jon348 10 Nov 2009

    @wheelman
    I envy your revenge!

    The models are fantastic

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