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Impressive 3D Portraits Made From Thousands Of Painted Screws

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Impressive 3D Portraits Made From Thousands Of Painted Screws

Bruce Mackley creates large-scale tactile portraits using thousands of screws. These impressive works of art involve thousands of screws drilled into wood at varying depths to create a 3D effect.

The two pieces featured here, Descent and Turning Away, represent hundreds of hours of careful placement and fine-tuning. His largest piece, Descent, utilizes 20,000 individually painted screws.

Can you imagine placing those by hand? It sounds like the very definition of tedious. But according to Mackley, the process is oddly rewarding.

“This medium can be tedious and challenging,” he says, “but it offers a fantastic level of undoing and redoing.”

This medium can be tedious and challenging but it offers a fantastic level of undoing and redoing.

What's the hardest part of working with this unusual medium?

"A primary challenge was in depicting the 2-D subject's subtle degrees of form, tones and shadow with a nontraditional media that demands simplicity," Mackely said with his Imgur post.

After finishing his pieces, Mackley then builds a custom easel from repurposed angle iron and oak to display the incredibly heavy work. Find more of his here.

Via My Modern Met

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