Much of the Metal Art you see in Thailand is created utilizing scrap metal. That can be anything from discarded car and motorcycle engine parts to bicycle chains and other body parts. There are also other bits and pieces thrown into the mix too. They can be viewed in various formats from Japanese samurai warriors to Frankenstein imitations to giant dinosaurs and more.
This fascinating and unique market was something I discovered many years ago. I could not resist the temptation to purchase some of these unique art pieces. So I stopped, shopped and exported a whole container load of these monster metal artworks back home.
If you’re going to do all the wonderful things your heart desires, then you may as well go big and that’s exactly what I did!
I can hardly move around the house now without getting the feeling of living a little larger than life in an art gallery or perhaps more appropriately, a museum.
Not only have these bizarre and incredibly awesome artworks taken over my entire house but I also have a number of Thai oil paintings that make up my art collection.
The intricate detail seen in the photos of the Japanese Samurai, Dinosaur and Frankenstein were created using scrap metal from mostly used car engines and motorbike parts.
All these masterpieces came to light during a tedious process of welding all sorts of bits and pieces together, including flywheels, pistons, springs, spark plugs, motorbike chains, car brake pads as well as an assortment of nuts and bolts.
The sheer size and colossal weight of these particular metal art pieces may be fairly daunting but they did, however, arrive in part form. Each structure was accompanied by a diagram making assembly much more simplified. The various pieces were kinda like putting a giant jigsaw puzzle together.
Other pieces I purchased included a voice-activated mummy whose eyes also light up. She came complete in a casket.
Metal Art Culture and Development
Thai artists in the metal industry have adopted a modern approach to art, although you will find many craftsmen employing age-old methods too.
Much of the older traditional metal art that you see around Thailand is hand-crafted in solid bronze or silver. At many of the craft markets, you will observe Thai artists working away at various metal sculptures including a great deal of bronze and silver wall mounted objects, many of which you may purchase. It can be quite fascinating to observe.