Iraqi artist creates sculptures out of scrap metal

Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:52pm EDT
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He may not have attended art school or received any formal training, but Iraqi artist Abdul Qader al-Na'ib has managed to build a reputation as the man who turns scrap metal into art.

This workshop in Baghdad's southern suburb of Dora is where the 24-year-old creates unique sculptures from scrap metal pieces.

These sculptures are made from nuts and bolts, automotive parts and other discarded metallic appliances that are cleverly welded together to form unique artworks.

Na'ib's passion for art started at a tender age, having spent almost seven years learning and mastering the art of engraving on wood and stone before shifting his attention completely to scrap metal art in the past two years, which he taught himself as he was forced to leave school early to work to assist his ailing father.

In the midst of a successful career in engraving, Na'ib discovered an exciting new direction: scrap iron sculpting, and said that each new creation helped him grow and develop as an artist.

This unusual detour began about two years ago, when he created a five centimeter long motorbike sculpture with meticulous details, all from parts of watches including cogwheels and fuse.

This specific piece ignited his interest in scrap metal art, and he started to look at it as a creative outlet which he could potentially master and excel.

"I am self-taught as I could not go and study to develop my skill. I made several art pieces. I made around 22 art pieces before shifting my attention to scrap metal art. I liked the idea because I wanted to do something different and I wanted to do something to serve the society. I've found out that it is well-known international art form, which is used to preserve the environment and improve children's mentality by teaching them how to rationalize the use of materials and eventually preserve the environment," said Na'ib, sitting in his workshop filled with various kinds of discarded scrap metal.

Na'ib is currently working on a giant robot, a scrap replica of the Harvester or the hunter killer creature that appeared in The Terminator movie.   Continued...