High Tops for Robots..
Solo artist Gabriel Dishaw, from Carmel, Indiana, has taken his love for creating metal sculptures and transferred this skill to his second love…Nike’s.
“Junk Art” has been Dishaw’s calling since his beginning as an eco-friendly artist. In short, Dishaw takes people’s used and discarded “junk,” such as computers, typewriters, etc, disassembles them, then reassembles these pieces of shard with metal wire into original sculpture, aka, his Junk Art. As Dishaw would describe his work: My passion for working with metal and mechanical objects has been crucial in the evolution of my art and freeing my imagination. I begin each sculpture with an idea of how can I take these found pieces of useless metal and insignificant objects and create something that everyone can understand and relate to. I find myself looking at ordinary mechanical items to see how I could turn that something, into something else not originally intended for that use.
Among Deshaw’s Junk Art creations, his high top factory-esque Nike’s are one of the most impressive pieces, as detailed as the model and serving as a accurate representation of the All-American tennis shoe. In this pictured installment, appropriately named Frankenstein Terminator and inspired by not only Deshaw’s love for sneakers, but by the Nike High Terminator, Deshaw has used scrap metals and felt to create not just the sneakers themselves, but the shoe box, shoe tags, and the label! His Frankenstein’s stand 6 inches high, are 13.5 inches wide, and are 13.5 inches deep. It took Deshaw one month to finish his high tops, which were completed on June 22, 2009 and weigh approximately 8 pounds!
Via Gabriel Dishaw