Hubcaps Animal Sculptures by Ptolemy Elrington

Brighton, UK-based artist Ptolemy Elrington created these amazing animal sculptures made of discarded hubcaps using wire salvaged from scrap yards and cuts them with a craft knife and hacksaw.

"I like to work with reclaimed materials to show that what is one person's junk is another man's treasure."

"Hubcap creatures are made entirely from re-cycled materials. All the hubcaps are found, usually on the side of the road, and therefore bear the scars of their previous lives in the form of scratches and abrasions. I believe these marks add texture and history to the creatures they decorate."

"When I finished college I stayed in Bradford and lived near a sharp bend where cars often lost their hubcaps."

"I started collecting them from a ditch at the side of the road and planned to turn them into a suit of armour. But I noticed they were quite marine-like and could be turned into fish or other sea creatures - the Ford Ka hub cap looks like a shark's mouth, for example. I gave the fish to family and friends as gifts but their friends then asked me to make animals for them and I realised there was a business in it."

"I'm now working full-time mainly doing commissions for councils and companies. I also did one for the environment agency. Recycling has become more mainstream these days and companies and councils like my style."

"I never buy the hubcaps - I either find them at the roadside or am passed them by family and friends in the UK. Even the wire I use to fix the hubcaps together is salvaged from scrap yards."

"Hub caps are made from different types of plastic. Some are brittle, others are more flexible and suit different needs. The caps from top brand cars like BMW and Mercedes are particularly good because they can be flexed more and do not snap."

"If you go too small you lose the materials' identity and if you go too big it looks remarkable like a pile of hubcaps. I’ve made a few large scale hubcap sculptures and I’ve struggled a bit with that."

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