Jean Claude Vanderfield
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2019 6th Annual Top Choice Exhibit SOBO Gallery!
Metal sculpture, "Intelligentes Octo" won the Top Choice Award in 3D art category 2019 ! Come see the fine collection and wonderful team at Winter Garden Art Association SOBO Gallery in Winter Garden!
Scrap Metal Becomes an Automated Dragon!
This automated dragon is made from all scrap metal and found parts. Most of the body, wings, and scales are composed of old chafing dish lids. His back spikes are made from an old rusty corn hulling chain.
You'll find old bicycle rims extending the wings in and out, various car parts moving them forward and backward, motorcycle salvaged parts for a tail and legs, and even the mechanism that moves all the features is from a 1960's sewing machine found by the road combined with an automobile window motor, an old ammo box, and some pieces of wood as cams.
It's wonderful to know these parts won't be littering our environment, but will have a wonderful new life as a roaring, smoke-breathing, talking dragon!
Animated flying owl sculpture
This mechanical marvel is made from a car coil spring, welded to a scrapped satellite dish post as a base. Old electrical conduit and pieces of reinforcement bar make up the roots and tree parts. Junk internal computer housing parts were cut into pieces which made the leaves. When put under extreme heat, the pieces formed beautiful indigo, cobalt blue, amber, silver, and raspberry colored leaves. The wings of the owl are made from an old zinc wash tub basin, the body is constructed from many parts of salvaged sewing machines, old tools, clamps, bicycle sprockets, roofing nails, reinforcement bar,old door hardware, scrap metal parts found walking along Orange Blossom Trail picking up litter here in central Florida, and too many other things to remember! The moving head is made from an old light fixture base, and has glowing eyes set inside old car wheel bearing races, welded to bicycle bearings from a rusty old bicycle. It's all animated by a garage door opener motor. This was the first wing design that moved with two pivot points, giving it smoother motion.
This wonderful nearly 7-foot tall Velociraptor Dinosaur was exhibited at Daytona Turkey Run, Mount Dora Extravaganza, and Mount Dora Industrial and Steampunk show. Weighing in at near 300 lbs and a total length from nose to tail of 14 feet makes him an attraction wherever he goes. This piece is was installed in downtown Boston, Mass.
He is carefully constructed from a boat anchor (the hips), salvaged automobile parts, motorcycle parts, upcycled kitchen utensils, moped and scooter parts, old rusty tools from the 40's, a thrown away exercise machine, bicycle rims, hubs, and frames, and much more, even an antique pie server!
The making of Iron Will
Iron Will, the very first piece I made. He features a bicycle pump integrated into his right leg that pumps "steam" (actually incense) out of his rocket pack as he pedals the bike, an old fashioned lantern on his bike to guide him with a flickering light inside. He's made from literally hundreds of pieces of scrap metal and he actually does pedal the bicycle. Will stands 6 feet and 2 inches tall, not including the hat. I used my own body as a model to get the length of the arms, legs, and height more accurate.
He was exhibited at the SteamPunk and Industrial Show in Mount Dora where a collector purchased him and has displayed him in shows from Florida to Maine.
His speedy rusty bike was headed to the landfill, but we saved it before it went away and gave Will a cool ride! It would literally take a half hour or more just to try to recall all the different parts that went into Will, and I'd probably still forget some items. He has a huge variety of reclaimed materials, including wine bottle opener, an old car horn button, olive tongs, van driveshafts, logging chain, lawn mower parts, light fixtures, coffee can, windshield wiper arms, fence wire, an old bench press stand, exhaust pipes from cars, found wrought iron chairs, salvaged commercial dishwasher parts, old gauges, a broken welder, and so much more! He took months to create and was a delight to see come together the entire process. Hard to believe this journey began with recycling these first pieces. I have sold over 40 life-size and automated recycled metal object sculptures since that time, featuring a wide variety of automated features, lighting, sound, smoke, speech, and even Bluetooth integration and internet accessibility to allow an owner to have a conversation with the sculpture or program responses to voice input.