Metamorphosis of Scrap


The inspiration for this piece came from Stuart Padnos (1922-2012) and his memorable line, “Scrap is beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” When Stuart designed the previous sculptures, he would look at the scrap and become inspired by the pieces he saw. He had an eye for potential, and saw beauty beyond the obvious in the piles of scrap. As shown above, a man is holding tulips, one of the more recognizable PADNOS sculptures, that Stuart was able to see when everyone else could only see scrap. This also shows how the materials that pass through PADNOS are in the process of transforming into new, reusable resources.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 12'
  • Medium: Mixed Ferrous Metal
  • Width:
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 7'