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25+ Awe-Inspiring Wire Sculptures That Elevate the Art

July 14, 2017

When it comes to contemporary sculpture, artists work with a range of mediums. In addition to conventional clay and age-old wood, today's avant-garde artists also dabble in paper, soap, and even candy art. Another unexpected material that continues to captivate contemporary sculptors is metal wire—a simple, malleable medium praised for its endless artistic potential and pioneered by modern artist Alexander Calder.
 

 

While he is known primarily for his abstract, multi-colored mobiles, Calder also has a prolific portfolio of figurative wire sculpture. What started as experimental jewelry-making turned into a lifelong love affair with the medium, which Calder valued for its versatility and line-drawing-like aesthetic. Using wire made of copper and steel, he crafted numerous sculptures of animals, figures, and, less commonly, objects. Each piece showcases the artist's innovative approach to sculpting and his mastery of the medium.

Many modern-day sculptors follow in Calder's footsteps, producing pieces that feature creatures, people, and things as their subjects. Here, we look at some of the best examples of these works from artists who, time and time again, exhibit their own unique relationships with the wire art form.

 

Some contemporary artists use wire to craft stunning works of art.

Artist: Robin Wight
 

Artist: Robin Wight

 

Gifted wire sculptors often feature 3 types of subjects…

BIRDS & ANIMALS

Artist: David Oliveira
 

Artist: David Oliveira
 

Artist: Tomohiro Inaba
 

Artist: David Mach
 

Artist: Kendra Haste
 

Artist: Kendra Haste
 

Artist: Kendra Haste
 

Artist: Candice Bees
 

Artist: Candice Bees
 

Artist: Celia Smith
 

Artist: Elizabeth Berrien

FIGURES

Artist: Edoardo Tresoldi
 

Artist: Edoardo Tresoldi
 

Artist: Edoardo Tresoldi
 

Artist: Seung Mo Park

 

Artist: Seung Mo Park

 

Artist: Gavin Worth
 

Artist: Gavin Worth
 

Artist: Gavin Worth
 

Artist: Seung Mo Park
 

Artist: Seung Mo Park
 

Artist: Richard Stainthorp
 

Artist: David Oliveira
 

Artist: David Oliveira

OBJECTS
 

Artist: Martin Senn
 

Artist: Martin Senn
 

Artist: David Moreno

 

Artist: David Moreno


No matter the motif, each contemporary sculpture depicts the endless possibilities of wire art.

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