Metal artist and sculptor Valay Shende has recently unveiled his latest creative exploration in the medium of stainless steel. Using various sized shiny metal balls, Valay has created stunning replicas of various life objects and situations, often sprinkled with a dose of human fantasy.
Steel makes an excellent artistic material, as it is not only incredibly versatile and malleable, but it comes in many grades of which all have varying qualities to the eye and to the structural ability. For it to be used as individual units to create something much bigger, like in the work of Valay Shende, the glittering and reflective expression of this marvellous molecule really comes into a world of its own.
The recent truck sculpture shows an almost identical replica of a real vehicle capable of carrying up to twenty passengers. The sheer volume of material required to make a life sized model of this proportion must have been staggering for the sculptor, who has endeavoured to create yet another stunning exhibit.
When producing life like sculpture, the imaginative quality is perhaps limited to smaller areas, as we must create something that matches the reality. In the placing of people within the truck, Valay Shende has been able to utilize his own creative elements by having the task of styling and placing each character according to his own artistic vision.
Take a look at the recent work in close up, followed by other examples of this artist's work.
Pretty impressive? I like them a lot. There's a lot more to see on Valay's own website.
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