Once something's broken it can be impossible to fix, unless you live in the Dominican Republic and your cousin has mad needles. Fixing up scrapped metal into wearable works of art: Citizen Objects.
From a husband/wife team outta NOLA, CO's metal man-cessories are made entirely from discarded machine and bike parts, a stance they claim proves they're "serious fixers of broken things, not cannibals", though if they were that would be just Fine. And Young. Wearable steez starts with belt buckles, including a curled bike chain welded to itself and coated in a shiny black finish called the Spiral; a square, copper-backed number mosaic'd with small corroded oddball pieces (gears, nails, pins) they've named the Steel Junk; and the circular Bullseye: a black bike sprocket with a copper retaining ring and raised silver center piece they describe as being like a "crazy ziggurat", though thankfully your loins will never be the cradle of civilization. Unwearable-yet-functional stuff, meanwhile, runs from a circular "box" crafted from a welded stack of clear gloss-enameled bike chains (w/ hinged bike sprocket lid), to an "industrial strength" organizer made using brushed old grey steel tubing, making it optimal for use where "tipping over would be a disaster", so...pretty much any cafe in Europe?
There're also a few purely sculptural items, including a six-foot-tall, wall-mountable, antler'd deer head (molded from a taxidermy form) composed of aluminum, steel, copper, glass, and other found objects that've been "highly manipulated", just like you were by your cousin and his damned "B12".
Published: May 24, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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