Why use new materials when you can upcycle some? I’m so excited to show you these animal sculptures made from recycled materials!

Howdy everybody! In case y’all haven’t figured it out yet, I love upcycling. Making something new out of something old is just fantastic. After all, I’ve never understood why people throw things away. Just because you’re finished with it doesn’t mean you can’t use it in some other way. If you don’t think you’re that creative, then donate your item! Sell it! Recycle it! Hell, there are even artists that want your old stuff. Your trash could definitely be someone else’s treasure. Think before you send something to a landfill! Ok… I’ll get off the soapbox now.

Animal Sculptures from Recycled Materials Reclaimed Art Found Objects Recycle Reclaim Upcycle

c/o Dean Patman

Back to the topic of this post. Actually, I didn’t get too far off track. There are artists all over the world known for creating art from “found objects.” I’ve already shown you portraits that Renaud Delorme made from found objects, but today I’m going to share something slightly different. Dean Patman is my artist of choice for the day. Whereas Delorme made relatively flat portraits from found materials, Patman makes 3D sculptures from similar items. Let me tell you, I fell in love with these sculptures of animals the moment I saw them. I honestly cannot decide which one I like the best.

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Animal Sculptures from Recycled Materials Reclaimed Art Wood Metal Found Objects Recycle Reclaim Upcycle

c/o Dean Patman

I mean… c’mon! These are all just so… perfect. Excuse me while I marvel over what this parrot is made from. He has forks for feet and spoons for feathers! I mean, how cool is that?! I certainly would’ve never looked at some old spoons and thought “yes, these would make great feathers for a parrot.” Looking at Patman’s finished metal animal art makes me think I’m crazy not to have come up with that on my own. Like any good artist, he makes it look so easy!

Animal Sculptures from Recycled Materials Reclaimed Art Wood Metal Found Objects Recycle Reclaim Upcycle

c/o Dean Patman

Not all Patman’s animal sculptures are made from exclusively metal. After all, that lemur tail is certainly not made from metal or wood! And maybe I’m wrong, but I think his little ears are actually old makeup brushes! That’s right ladies, no need to throw away your old brushes, just turn them into metal art animals!

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Animal Sculptures from Recycled Materials Reclaimed Art Wood Metal Found Objects Recycle Reclaim Upcycle Trex Triceratops

c/o Dean Patman

Much of Patman’s work is focused on birds and other small creatures, like the turtle sculpture below. However, occasionally he branches out into other animals, like these dinosaurs found at the Rye Art Gallery. Personally, I think that T-Rex is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

Animal Sculptures from Recycled Materials Reclaimed Art Wood Metal Found Objects Recycle Reclaim Upcycle

c/o Dean Patman

Dean Patman certainly is an artist bubbling over with creativity! He describes himself as having “always been a little nutty about animals!” His passion for natural history was only equaled by his love of art; drawing and modelling… so naturally he combined the two! To view more of his work, visit his official website.

So what do you think, friends? I know I love Dean Patman’s sculpture art, but what do you think? I hope I’ve at least got you second guessing throwing all your old stuff away! Don’t forget to comment and share.

**All images c/o Dean Patman