Welcome to Sculpture in Rust
I'm Andy Caple and I make art from decay. Created from the remnants of an industrial past, neglected and rusted old metal objects are brought back to us, revealing themselves in new and beautiful ways. This is a journey through history, through the hands of the first maker, through the imagination, and into the contemporary world. You can see images of my finished sculptures and the creative process on my Gallery page.
You can find out more about me and my Sculptures in Rust below.
The process begins in the landscape; pieces of iron, large and small, round and square, thin and thick, abandoned and long past the task for which they were created, lifted from the grass and mud of the fells and woods of the Lake District and taken home.
Back at my workshop I want to stop the process of decay. I bring the found object into the dry. I scrub it and degrease it, then there is a pause in the process; a period of waiting. I live with it until it shouts at me. Then when we are both ready, I use my tools, skill and judgement to give it a new identity. I invest my work with a high degree of emotional awareness that this old, fragmenting piece of red rust had one life and will now find another. The finishing and presenting is vital and when done the piece is set into a base of stone or precisely cut and polished wood.
What I make is a felt response to the object that I found; I believe that the things I make are real and alive, unique, with a personality of their own. I am proud to send them out into the world with a new dignity.