Welding a recycled metal sculpture, in pictures

A large, whimsical recycled metal sculpture entitled “The Industrial Machine” was built by RTDavis from new and recycled metals. The gear-wheels and armature were welded in artist’s workshop on his farm in NM. (Hence the photo-bombing sheep.)

The parts of this sculpture are big—the biggest wheel is ten feet six inch wide— and, while not terribly heavy, they are awkward to handle. The shop is built with an I beam running the long way in the room and ten feet off the floor. Along this tracks a chain fall which can lift a ton or so, allowing the artist to single-handedly move the sculpture pieces around.

The Industrial Machine Title Plaque, Los Alamos Public Art Collection