Sculptor Turns Scrap Metal Into Realistic Art

When Brian Mock started sculpting in the 90s, he used scrap materials to practice because it was cheap or free.


   But I quickly learned that it was actually an interesting and striking medium, says the Oregon artist, whos known internationally and has 18 mos. of backordered commissioned pieces. Ive been collecting scrap metal for decades from local machine and auto shops that give me free access to their dumpsters, folks clearing out their garages, and occasionally, scrap yards. Almost all of what I have comes from donations, which Im extremely grateful for.


   Folks with scrap collections of their own recognize the parts used in Mocks artwork. Bolts and screws make perfect hair for a mother gorilla with her baby on her back. Mashers, knives, forks, and other kitchen tools bring a rooster to life.


   Mock gathers and studies images from different angles before he begins. He uses grinders and power tools with cutting discs to prepare his media before MIG welding them together. Occasionally, he builds internal framing, but most are just pieced together.


   My sculptures range from 6 in. high to 10 ft. high, but the most requested size usually falls within 24 to 30 in., Mock says. Dogs are the most popular request by far.


   Hes also created other pets such as horses and cats, and birds such as owls, crows, and hummingbirds. Cowboy boots and guitars are also popular.


   Clients find Mock online, and they range from individuals to corporate companies requesting sculptures for hotel and office spaces. The indoor sculptures are protected with a clear coat, while outdoor sculptures are left to weather naturally.


   One of the biggest lessons Ive learned in my 20+ years of sculpting is to welcome challenges and to trust my process. Ive found that the more confidence I have in myself, the more it shows in my work. So, when Im presented with a commission that might push me out of my comfort zone or with an installation that seems arduous, I always tell myself (and the client) that I can do it and do it well. This keeps me from doubting and overthinking and lets my creative process take over and do the work. My best sculptures have been the result of some of my biggest challenges, Mock says.


   Check out his work on social media and his website, and email Mock for prices on commissioned work.


   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brian Mock (;; Facebook: Brian Mock; Instagram: brianmockart).