Fabian von Spreckelsen is a German artist who creates incredible steel sculptures of animals exploring the interaction between flora, fauna, humans and the natural structures around them.
von Spreckelsen make a statement about the fragility of our natural ecosystem, but doesn't paint he animals as victims, they are big, imposing pieces life-size strong sculptures. He describes his pieces as nature asking for respect rather than protection.
von Spreckelsen's pieces are big, solid angular lumps of metal, I think there is something interesting about how so much of his work is designed like hunting trophies to be placed on walls or on display. I first witnessed some of his work at an art show and couldn't help but touch and feel the works, they are tactile and heavy, they invite you to interact and experience the pieces. So much art is distant and protected, these pieces are designed to be functional and real, climbed on, used and experienced.
The metal life sized trophies have a chance of far outlasting some of the species they are crafted to represent; rhinos, lions, elephants and whales have all been hunted and fished to near extinction. 'The choice of steel is both to celebrate the strength of animals and to emphasize their transience. In an analogy to the harsh environment conditions within the natural habitat; light, water and air determine the appearance of the material. Moreover, once perished as object, the steel provides new sustenance for the soil from which it came. In so doing, the pieces do not constitute a victory over, but rather a respect for the continuous renewal within nature.'