Belgian artist Wim Delvoye's work totally side-swipes me.
How did he do this??
Delvoye manipulates found objects with painstaking hand carving, or by burning the material with a soldering iron. The tires used range in thickness, texture and diameter, based on their former use. Delvoye’s designs are reminiscent of popular patterns and motifs found in the history of decorative objects.
Elements from Art Nouveau are recognizable in his carvings of flowers, leaves and grapes. Carefully sculpting the rubber of each tire, Delvoye removes gradated sections of the material’s surface, creating an incredible series of decorative reliefs.