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A Dragonfly by Edouard Martinet
by Edouardo Martinet (born France 1961)
These anatomically precise sculptures are individually and meticulously assembled from a huge array of found objects including car, motorbike and bicycle parts; each of the elements carefully selected to best portray the character and attitude of the creature. The result is an astonishingly lifelike and unique, contemporary animalier sculpture.
Dimensions: Width 125 cm Depth 95 cm Height 38 cm (49.25 x 37.5 x 15 in)
Martinet graduated in 1988 from ESAG in Paris and teaches at L'Institut des Arts Appliqué in Rennes. His home and workshop are in a remote farmhouse where he stores innumerable pieces of found objects; scrap metal and lights from cars, bicycles and scooters as well as household objects. Each of the sculptures is assembled using screws and nuts rather than simply welding, so allowing the positioning of the individual elements. Frequently a sculpture will be started only to have to be set aside for months or possibly years until his gaze falls upon a piece which he recognises as ideal for its completion.
Abdomen: patinated copper/brass bicycle pump, car horn and at the ends, parts of old acetylene bike lights
Wings: umbrella ribs, wire and netting for hen coops
Head: car or lorry old stop lights, parts of acetylene bike lights, parts of a typewriter daisy wheel in the mouth
The legs: tubes, bike cable guide, wings nuts, wire
Thorax: two motorbike rear lights, shell-shaped drawer handles, large upholstery tacks
Financial Times Smart Arts February 16 2013
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