Transforming unlikely pieces of scrap metal into significant works of art - giving new life to things we throw away - is an accessible, creative and fulfilling activity. This book describes and illustrates the concerns and techniques involved in making this kind of sculpture, looking behind the work at the richness and diversity of an area of sculpture that deserves to be far better known. Topics covered include the role and purpose of sculpture, the particular qualities of sculpture made from scrap metal and the practical processes involved in its making. It also covers sources of scrap metal, identifying metals, reviewing metalworking techniques, creative approaches, different types of sculpture, and the making, finishing and installation of pieces of sculpture.
Peter Parkinson is an artist blacksmith, making pieces of contemporary metalwork and public art. His work can be seen in public buildings and spaces in many cities in Britain. He also teaches short courses on blacksmithing and has written two other books for Crowood: The Artist Blacksmith and Forged Architectural Metalwork.