that is literally what this post is all about. on the face of it, it looks like an absolutely incredible piece of 3-d art. but look closely and you’ll see a bucket load of patience.
bruce mackley calls this piece of art ‘descent’ and describes it as a study of balance, chaos and harmony. a half painting and half sculpture, this piece was created using 20,000 tinted steel decking and framing screws, set into painted pine at varying depths.
standing tall at 7 feet and weighing in at over 350 lbs, bruce spent hundreds of hours adjusting and re-adjusting the screws to make sure the outcome was just as he had envisioned.
descent isn’t just a visual treat. he encourages the blind to touch it, so that they can create a mental image of his work, using their tactile senses.
in the past, bruce had created another portrait using screws titled ‘turning away’ in which he used over 9000 screws. that particular piece was featured at the artprize 8 and was among the top 100 finalists.
you can follow bruce mackley’s work on his website, where he showcases his other design work too.