Photo Credit: Tomas Vitanovsky
Tomas Vitanovsky says that his stunning works of art “all started with a love for cars and motorcycles.” The Czech Republic-born artist explained that he was initially a motorcycle stunt driver before an injury ended his promising career. He then shifted gears, tuning and fixing bikes to earn a living. When he was throwing out some used engine parts from a motorbike he’d finished, the 45-year-old got the idea to weld them together. It wasn’t long before he began transforming discarded bearings, gears and chains into incredible steampunk animal sculptures.
Since then, the artist has said that his techniques have improved and that his art work has become more complex and detailed. He wrote on Bored Panda last year that he loves the feeling when an image pops up in his mind, and then the process of finding the right scrap bits to bring it into reality, even when it’s not always a direct process. Once its finished, he has a great feeling of fulfillment and pride and often finds it hard to let them go, he added.
All of his pieces are made from recycled car and motorbike parts, with “some special little bits” discovered in car-boot sales, and some parts donated by kind people.
Tomas has now completed more than 30 sculptures and he continues to improve his craft as they become more complex and intricate. He is currently represented by the First Art Gallery in the United Kingdom. You can find his works available for purchase.