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Recycled Metal Garden Decor – Eco-Art For Your Garden

By Ann Wallis

Avid gardeners are generally very environmentally friendly people. They like digging in the dirt, recycling and composting, and successfully integrate other people’s discards into their garden decor. When shopping for attractive pieces to decorate their yards, recycled metal garden art may be a popular choice.

The eco-artists creating recycled metal garden are very creative and talented. What may be trash to you or me is reborn in the hands of these talented artists. One artist, Andrew Chase, makes amazing mechanical sculptures of giraffes, elephants and robots from recycled automobile and plumbing parts. He gets junk transmission and engine parts from his local auto shop, and by combining these with plumbing fixtures and pipes he is able to create fantastic, moving creatures.

Discarded oil tanks and drums are quite frequently used to make metal yard decor. Coloured oil tanks that once supplied fuel to cottagers are cut down into brightly colored critters, including dogs with bones, dancing sheep or moose, lurking alligators and climbing frogs. For something a little different you can even add a diva or a devil!

In Haiti a growing crafts community is designing spectacular metal wall sculptures from flattened drums which had been used to transport oil or other products. After removing the ends these drums are flattened and next carved manually into exotic art pieces. Using only simple tools like chisels and hammers, the artists carve decorative, elaborate designs out of the steel. Steel drum art from Haiti is world renowned and spreading in popularity. They look stunning in the garden, or hung on a wall inside.Saving bikes from early graves a new breed of eco-artists are choosing recycled bikes parts to produce their art. Bike art has become so trendy it is a genre of its own. With gears and wheels, nuts and bolts, spokes and bars, a bike may be the ideal raw material for recycled metal art.

A large part of the appeal of recycled metal yard art may be the weathered and often rusted look of the various pieces. Rusted metal has a earthy, natural look and blends with the garden rather than making a loud statement. That is why many gardeners seek out pre-rusted metal art.

The ingenuity of artists working with recycled metal never ceases to amaze me. For instant charm and character, add some recycled metal art to your yard.

Ann Wallis is a long-time gardener and lover of beautiful things for her garden. All year round she pores through gardening magazines and websites looking for colorful perennials to fill the holes in her garden and fun, whimsical metal garden decor to add life and character to her yard. Ann’s favorite metal creations can be found at

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