Metal sculptures by Vermont artist Christian Schoenig

Barre, Vermont

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Creating unique and beautiful pieces of art from the cast-off items of the industrial world.

Are you searching for a unique hand-crafted work of art? Are you inspired by the mechanical and other things industrial? Do the words "scrap metal" or "reclaimed metal art" make you want to jump up and shout for joy? Then you should probably take a look at the one of a kind reclaimed metal sculptures that I create in beautiful Barre, Vermont.

I was first introduced to metal sculpture shortly after college. After seeing a flyer at a local grocery store, I signed up for a ten-session artistic welding class taught by a grizzled old metal artist in the hills of Wheelock Vermont. Right away, I was hooked. Maybe it was some primal, testosterone-fueled, male power trip thing, but holding the power in my hands to liquefy metal and change its form to my own design was (and still is) a complete rush.

The materials that I use in my work are almost entirely recycled scrap steel, old hand tools/machinery, discarded engine or other industrial parts. I source materials from various mechanics metal recycling dumpsters, yard sales and old “farm dumps”. Much of the bits and pieces that I use in my sculptures may otherwise rot away somewhere, tarnishing the landscape. I take the old, discarded steel and give it a new life. I enjoy the idea that the cast away, weather-worn materials, long ago used in a “working” environment can be transformed into something beautiful.

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