Welded Sculpture

Welded sculpture (related to visual art and works of art) is an art form in which sculpture is made using welding techniques. Welding was increasingly used in sculpture from the 1930s as new industrial processes such as arc welding were adapted to aesthetic purposes. Welding techniques, including digital cutting, can be used to cut and join metal. Welded sculpture is sometimes site-specific.

Artist Richard Hunt said "The idea of exploiting welding methods and the tensile strength of metals opened up many possibilities to me. This idea was actually linked to the increasing recognition among artists that an art which was representative of our own time ought to use materials and techniques that were at hand, whether it was new experiments using plastics, new kinds of paints, new kinds of surfaces in painting, or using materials developed during the war effort."

Artists who have worked in welded sculpture include:

  • Alexander Calder
  • Brynn Leonid
  • Sir Anthony Caro
  • Charles Ginnever
  • Julio Gonzalez
  • Nancy Graves
  • John Raymond Henry
  • Robert H. Hudson
  • Richard Hunt
  • Lyman Kipp
  • Clement Meadmore
  • Vera Mukhina
  • Beverly Pepper
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Peter Reginato
  • Revs
  • James Rosati
  • Richard Serra
  • David Smith
  • Mark di Suvero
  • Aleš Veselý

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