Another Amazing Wire Sculptor

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Howdy folks and greetings from the Great Plains of North Texas!

As most of my friends know, I've been finding wire sculptors for months now and I found a new one to share with you today.

This guy is from England like so many of the artists I feature and he's created a way to make incredible life-sized sculptures from chicken wire. His name is Derek Kinzett.

He specializes in humans and fairies. I don't know how big fairies are supposed to be but his are human-sized like this one. Well, there's two of them here but the big one is human-sized:

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Each piece takes at least 100 hours to create. He's developed a method by which he carves a sculpture out of foam and then wraps it with 3 of 4 layers of chicken wire and then removes the foam, I assume by melting it.

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This makes them see-through to some degree and makes people do a double take, especially in certain light conditions or at night!

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Each piece sells for about $7,700 or 6,000 pounds. He gets commissioned to put them up all over the world.

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He sprays the sculptures with zinc to keep them from rusting and then applies an acrylic aluminium spray so the color is the original wire color.

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Derek's hands are covered with callouses because he doesn't wear gloves. He says gloves impair his sense of touch and impact on the quality of the sculpture.

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Callouses or no, I have no idea how he does this work without gloves. I'd be wearing Kevlar gloves!

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Check out this motorcycle he built:

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Talk about painstaking!

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I'd like to know how this one stands up in that position:

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I think the guy is flat-out amazing and he's only 45 yrs old so he's got lots of years ahead of him to create even more fascinating art. You can see his completes works here: derekkinzettwiresculpture.co.uk

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Thanks for stopping by folks, God bless you all!
-jonboy
Texas

PS- Speaking of sculptures, I just found out about this one. It's located in New Jersey across the bay from the World Trade Center. It's called The Tear Of Grief.

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I was surprised to learn that this is a memorial from Russia to honor the fallen of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. I didn't know they had done this and I thought it was a nice gesture but many people hate it.

In fact, it was first given to Jersey City and they rejected it but it was accepted by the city of Bayonne.

Foreign Policy magazine listed it as one of the world's ugliest statues, The New Yorker magazine said it looked like a giant tea biscuit...lol..

And Jersey City called it "an insensitive, self-aggrandizing piece of pompousness by one of the world's blatant self-promoters".source I didn't think it was that bad so I guess I have no taste!

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The Russian sculptor who created it spent $12 million of his own money on it. I wonder how he felt about the reception it got?

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Whoa ok that does seem like a Hella lot of effort bud.. But it sure is stunning though... I don't believe I've ever seen something even remotely connected to such sculptures

Also the tear of grief looks like something to behold

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Howdy technicalside! I'm really impressed by this artist too, I'm glad you like his work and thanks for commenting!

Crazy world of beauty and prejudices!

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Howdy sir kaminchan! I agree and thanks so much for commenting!

These sculptures are just incredible I really like it a lot.
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Howdy sir outlinez!Good to meet you and thank you for the deranged coin! I'm glad you appreciate the artwork.

That dude sure has talent. No doubt. Tons of time and patience too. Humans can create such wondrous things when left alone to do so.

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Howdy squirrelbait! I agree, I think he's so skilled or gifted or both! And I also thought that tear was very impressive, somehow it's coated with nickel so it couldn't have been an easy task!

The sculptures are amazing and wonderful.
The tear of grief was obviously meant as an expression of sympathy, It’s too bad it got such a adverse reception.

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Howdy redheadpei! I agree, I love those sculptures and I think the tear of grief is very impressive also and I'm pretty disappointed that it was received so poorly. I think we should be thankful for such an awesome, thoughtful and expensive gift.

Those who made this ...I just salute this guy and also thanks you for represent.

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Howdy shuvo35! Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you appreciate the artwork!

Absolutely incredible! I like the photo showing Derek working on one and thanks for adding the info about the time it takes for him to make one, and how much they cost. Inquiring minds like mine wanted to know. LOL!
Please know that I upvoted this and others before payout. I was busy for the whole Thanksgiving weekend with family, then I didn't feel well for a couple of days, and then Pachino got sick again. Had to take him back to the vet yesterday but this time it wasn't critical. Thank God! Now, if I didn;t take him to be treated, that would have been a different story. Poor thing. : (

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Oh don't feel bad, I miss lots of stuff I'm trying to keep up with. I'm so glad Pachino is okay now. Can't keep a good cat down I always say. Well actually I think that's the first time I've said that but it sounded good.

Yeah, you can learn how to make those wire sculptures and make a lot of money by selling them online! I'd wear gloves though. lol.

Hey janton, I am not sure where you get these amazing artists to share with us but his guy is very clever. Maybe, the life size fairies is a true replica of real life sized fairies walking in our midst janton. Think about it, there are human angels so there has to be human fairies, hahah.

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Howdy angiemitchell! That's a great point and it may be true. I just always thought of fairies as being tiny but maybe that's because of what I saw on tv or movies.

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Hahaha, one never knows janton. It is so amazing to actually look through these sculptors.

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I agree on both points, I like the look of those and it would really be eery at night!

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Wow steemitbloggers thank you so much, you're the best!

Howdy Jonboy. Amazing wire sculptures.

Not a good idea to politicize art. Art should be just appreciated for what it is. I think the tear sculpture would have been better received if it were shown for what it is - a piece of art.

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Howdy sir Vincent! I agree, I don't know why they politicized the artwork. I feel bad for the artist!

Wow the talent of some people.... this is amazing

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Howdy anneke! I agree. I think it's interesting that his work can be set up in public places so everyone can appreciate them instead of some museum.

Absolutely amazing, @janton. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful work. I’m so glad this artist is making a decent living from his art. It’s so intricate! I’d be really interested to learn how he removes the forms.

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Howdy jayna I'm so glad you liked the post! Well, sir @smithlabs, who is an electrical engineer but has vast knowledge in countless other fields, says he probably dissolves the foam with chemicals.

I like them all. The tear drop would be hard To make, he did a good job!

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I'm glad you like that sir smithlabs, I thought it was nice, that tear is 40 foot long and coated in Nickel. I don't know how he did it but I think it's an awesome job. The chicken wire sculptures would freak people out at night if they were in city parks. lol.

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Those who can't, criticize those who do!

This is an impressive job, someone is jelous.

The wire is interesting, he may remove the foam chemically. If he plated the wire with zinc, it would improve the structural integrity, as well as corrosion protection.

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Oh very interesting sir smithlabs, he might be dissolving the foam with chemicals, good thinking. And that's also great that the wire is made stronger with the zinc coating. Thanks sir smithlabs!

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When you pour gasoline onto foam and it dissolves...into napalm.

Plating would grow between the layers of wire, and mechanically attaching layers together.

Any time my Texas Friend!

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That's what napalm is? gasoline mixed with foam?

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Yup, just pour a little gas in a foam cup....

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Right. I've seen it dissolve with gasoline.

Fabulous artist! Love his wire sculptures/statutes!

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Howdy cindyhartz! I agree, I'm so glad you like his work!

Incredible sculptures of another talented artist. Great find. Amazing how creativity has no limits.
The Tear Of Grief doesn't look do bad and I don't know why it has such a bad reception. What surprised me is the cost of it.

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Howdy nelinoeva! I'm glad you appreciate the artwork and one reason the cost of the Tear Of Grief is so big is because that big 40 foot tall tear is coated in nickel. So I think that must have been a very difficult and technically innovative task to do that and then polish it.

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Honestly enough the tear of grief is an amazing gift and we should be more aware of it.

Amazing art I'm glad you shared such a find

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I agree sir ganjafarmer, I think they gave that to us in 2008 so I was shocked that I'd never seen it featured anywhere. The tear is 40 feet tall and is coated with nickel so I think it's an impressive piece that was very difficult to make.

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Yeah I heard about it. New York I believe said no and it had to be put in Jersey. Kinda low. Should have been at ground zero in my opinion.

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Yes, it was a slap in the face.

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Howdy today deranged.coin!

Amazing wire sculptors. Thank's for sharing 👍

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He's a gifted guy @janton. Amazing sculpture 👍
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He sure is and I'm glad you appreciate his work. Do you guys have a Thanksgiving type of holiday over there? You aren't in your home country though are you?

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We do have a lot of Americans here who celebrate Thanksgiving. I'm from India 💐 Our long weekend started on Thursday, weekend is Friday and Saturday, today is Martyrs day here, national day is on 2nd December, so we go back to school on Wednesday 🤗🙏 have a lovely weekend
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Thanks so much clitadias and that is interesting about the holidays. India is such a great country. If fits that you like Mene because I keep reading about how crazy the India folk are about gold! That is very smart too. I'm glad you got a nice long weekend.

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Howdy trendotokens and thank you and @outlinez!

That last one looks like a St. Rupert's drop suspended by its tail. Makes you wonder if you could get up there and tap the skinniest part, if it would explode like those do. Regardless, it might be fun to shine a laser pointer at or something! lol.

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Howdy sir fotosdenada! You lost me here, what is a St. Rupert's drop?

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Drop a molten ball of glass into cold water, and it creates an interesting shape, with the ball tapering off into a fragile tail. The way that it hardens, it actually stores mechanical energy. You could hit the ball end with a hammer and it won't break. Barely tap the "tail," though, and it will create a chain reaction that causes the entire thing to literally explode. There are some good youtube vids of people showing that, even a couple in slow motion.

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Wow, that is interesting stuff sir fotosdenada! If I was a science geek I'd do a post about that phenomenon!

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Even without the science they're kind of cool. Wouldn't hang them from a Christmas tree, though. We lose enough ornaments without them literally exploding.

Howdy Janton! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I made a delicious dessert for I will post it tomorrow. To bad I can't send it to you.

Anyway, I can't believe what I am reading about that tear! I actually quite like it. I honestly don't understand why it got such a negative critique.

And the wire sculptures are amazing! My favorite is the one with violin. It could be my Hungarian friend, lol.

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Hey that's right, the violin player really could be! I agree about the sculpture, I just don't understand people. The Russians spent a ton of money and gave it to us in compassion and we basically spit in their face! Shame on some of us for that but at least one city accepted it.

Did you guys have a big dinner for Thanksgiving? Were you the only Vegan there?

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