When we think about art, we usually think about paintings. Picasso, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt are some of the names that spring to mind; the Mona Lisa, abstract tableaux, and offbeat sculptures flash before our eyes. If we swap the brush or chisel for a welding torch, another type of artistic creation emerges; a symbiosis of engineering and aesthetics: welded art. We’re going to meet three artists who couldn’t be more different. We’ll show you some artworks from a variety of disciplines, and reveal how long it takes to weld a tennis player.
Cars, buildings, bridges—in many areas of our life, welding plays a crucial role. Metals are joined together to produce complex constructions. It’s a technology that demands high levels of knowledge, experience, and skill. At the same time it’s also expressing art, a manual skill with unlimited potential in terms of aesthetics. One definition of art is, “The conscious use of aptitude and creative fantasy, particularly when creating aesthetic objects”. How broad the range of objects that welded art can create is exemplified by Rich Baker, Jordí Diez Fernandez, and Andrea Stahl—three creatives who have dedicated themselves to the world of sculptural metalwork and forged careers for themselves from their passion.