There’s something charming about mixed-media and found object sculptures, in the way that they combine to create a whole new personality. That’s definitely the case for these robots by Tal Avitzur, a California-based artist who makes a range of creatures that look like they might walk out of a 1960s sci-fi film.
Check out a few of the funky characters below, embodying a wide range of styles and personality.
Images used with artist’s permission.
“Back in 1983, while in college at UC Santa Barbara, I lived on a two-acre ranch owned by an artist. The house had many studios, and a constant stream of artists coming and going.
Though I was studying math, my art education began there. After purchasing a small fixer-upper in the 1990s, I began frequenting the local scrap and salvage yards for materials to use in house projects. Though I do not like clutter, I found many cool items at the yards and I began collecting.
Knowing I had to do something with the objects piling up in my shed, I began using them to make art to decorate the house. Inspiration came from the comics and science fiction books and movies of my youth.
A piece begins with a shape that may remind me of a robot head, a rocketship, the body part of a creature or simply a beautiful base for a lamp. Assembling the rest of the components is almost like putting together a puzzle, trying out different pieces until I get something I consider a nice combination of parts.”