Thanks to overwhelming response to this creation, I decided to secure more materials to create a limited number of them. We are now taking orders for these limited pieces. So if you missed the opportunity to own one at our show, now's the time to put in an order!
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( "Iron Fish" )
Huge automaton features 8 different swimming movements
This nearly 4-foot long automaton sculpture is styled after a Tiger Rockfish and features hand-hammered copper outer stripes and head. I wanted to capture the feel of the subject swimming peacefully through the calm deep waters of the sea, so I granted him the ability to move his eyes to see the wonders of the ocean depths while swimming. I also created oscillating pectoral fins, pelvic fins, and caudal fin (tail fin). Now he's all set to wonder the water world on his own.
As always, my automatons are created from reclaimed and recycled objects. I greatly admire the abilities of other artists to create from metal, but I've always been a big proponent in reducing our carbon footprint and preserving this grand planet we live on, so I take my metal art to the next level by creating mechanisms from reclaimed metal objects and hardware instead of creating new waste with purchased metal sheets or stock. Even the copper skin on this piece is created from salvaged copper water pipes. By cutting them in a specific way and taking the time to flatten them out, and then form them into shape, I am able to create the form without using newly manufactured materials.
This is especially meaningful to me as I have been witness to copper mining industry misuse of environments, such as in the history of Copperhill, TN, and truly want to eliminate such environmental destruction by utilizing existing copper products that I find.
Jean Claude Vanderfield is a modern automaton creator and sculptor that adds the element of his career as an industrial automation specialist and experience in engineering to his deep desire to preserve our environment by reusing, recycling, reclaiming, and taking positive action as an artist to raise awareness of the many ways we can improve the quality of our precious home. If you see yourself as someone who would like to help raise awareness by owning these limited productions, feel free to call me personally at the number in my bio page or email me. I would be happy to work with you in creating a commissioned work from your own ideas. As a note on availability of the already produced life size recycled powered metal object sculptures, to our knowledge, they are not being produced anywhere else in the world at this time, and when these are gone, there will be no more available, except from clients who have already purchased a work, so be sure to order soon if you wish to own one.