Drew Evans, an artist based in Iowa, is turning old bike parts into art. The talented man uses cut sprockets and bike chains to make nature-inspired, incredible fragment metal figures. Evans has been working since 2008, and now he became an expert at turning unused metal parts into art.
He shared with My Modern Met that he enjoys bringing beauty and life to things considered as junk. He loves working with bicycle chains and sprockets, particularly for plenty of reasons, including the plain fact that they are beneficial to the geometric design. They come in a diversity of metallic coatings that often take on plenty of colors when heated. Drew also says that he likes to think deeper – of all of the thousands of kilometers they have ridden on their journeys and the beautiful tales they may share if only they could talk.
Mixing his love for nature, cycling, and sustainability, he is very fond of making tree sculptures. The first one he has ever made was a birthday gift for his customer’s father, an employee at a local bike store.
Using a particle of metal he has found in the bin at the same shop, Drew put together an excellent 11″ x 15″ tree, starring a collection of sprockets for the bike chains and the trunk’s foliage and branches. Ever since the artist has made many trees in different sizes and foliage final touches. A good example is that he smartly uses bike parts with a golden, warm patina for fall leafage. Apart from trees, Evans also creates sculptures inspired by planets, abstract patterns, the human body, and more. One of his newest artworks is a symbolic sculpture of the female form. Weighing in at about 9 kg and standing at 36″ x 16″, the outstanding work is Evans’ most detailed work of bike chain art to date. Regardless of his subject, each piece shows the artist’s dedication to his craft and a great talent.
Please scroll down to look at some of Evans’ bike chain creations.