Gloucestershire-based self-taught artist Dan Rawlings gives a second life to rusty scrap metal by turning it into delicate plant and tree sculptures. Using a medium that contrasts to the natural environment, he creates delicate yet strong sculptures that whimsically merges with nature. These captivating artworks force passersby to stop and look at the twisting and curling tree branches or plant leaves, which people often neglect due to their hectic work schedule.
Rawlings often works with recycled tools, street signage, retired fire extinguishers, tired skateboards or anything else he finds to create intricate works of art. With the help of a variety of tools such as files, grinders, scalpels, and welders, he manages to make impressive art pieces that are reminiscent to natural surroundings.
One of his most appreciated works of art is the “Nature Delivers,” a white Ford transit van that he cut intricately to resemble a forest. This art piece was commissioned by Kendal Calling for the Lost Eden festival, giving Rawlings the opportunity to create something unusual. The resulting piece was sure to take anyone’s breath away. But unfortunately, somebody set it on fire earlier this year. However, the artist has not disheartened himself. In fact, he joked about the incident on Instagram, saying, “I guess it’s become a collaboration with someone I don’t know.”