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SCRAP METAL by Robert Jefferson

portland-based artist Robert Jefferson Travis Pond builds stunning animal sculptures out of salvaged metal parts.

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half of what I do is collecting materials. I look for objects with significance and meaning, objects that have connections to us as individuals and as a whole. the scraps I use are a part of our human history.

for me, the question is never where to start; it is always when to stop. It is a constant look beyond the object, beyond the form, to what is next. each circumstance, or in this case, each piece, spontaneously connects to the next.

this seemingly random assortment of metal dictates its future in a very fast and spontaneous manner. although I control the welds, the individual objects refuse to be forced into form. the sculpture decides for itself what it will look like and when it is complete.

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