Sculptor reins in both horse and motorbike
Armando Ramirez inspired by vehicle parts
Mexican sculptor Armando Ramirez has produced an impressive body of work, much of it crafted from recycled metal, with an emphasis on discarded car parts.
I’m impressed with the Moto-horse, a metallic cyborg fusing horse and motorbike, with the jaunty equine rearing on its hind wheel.
Ramirez fashioned the equine head and rear wheel from an automobile clutch pedal. The horse’s front legs are made from connecting rods, while the body is composed primarily of spark plugs. Other horsey bits are assembled variously from bearings, wires and assorted metal scrap.
The Moto-horse stands about 50 centimetres high and weighs a little more than 10 kilograms.
The artist also offers auto parts sculptures ranging from chess sets to locomotives, pianos, airplanes and, yes, even cars. His metallic beaver isn’t an attempt to tap into the Canadian market — Castor Canadensis Mexicanus is a local variant.