Using found silverware and other metal objects, the Charleston-based artist Matt Wilson welds animal sculptures of birds, insects, and other small animals. Forks curl like talons. Pointed handles fan out into wings. Spoon become strong leg. Wilson using these kinds of techniques turn these metal into animal sculptures. Then, these lifelike sculptures are mounted on pieces of driftwood or smooth plaques.

Completing each upcycled animal sculpture requires not only waiting for the perfect piece of material, but the know-how to integrate it into the whole. But it seem Wilson has an uncanny ability to find what he needs and create what he wants. According to Wilson, “The upcycled work I create is a testimony to the belief of conserving and appreciating our resources.”

Although most of Wilson’s work depicts birds, he’s also made metal insects or small animal like squirrels. You can see more of his unique work on Instagram and even purchase original creations through his shop (His next collection launches at 9 a.m. EST on July 9).

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