The Helang – Scrap Metal Art
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – the phrase that best describes our story this time around.
We are all aware that making something from metal requires a lot of patience and skills. Crafting art from recycled metal materials takes even more time and accuracy. In this article we are going to feature one of the many installations we have along the walk where our talented artist proves that scrap metal could be transformed even into impressive pieces of art.
Using everything from old car or bike parts, to unusable electronics, broken devices or watch components, Ariffin has created The Helang, or eagle in English, which is impossible to be missed when you stroll from beneath Block J to Eat Street.
A work of precision welding beauty, The Helang, took two weeks to craft from start to finish. Interestingly, the beak was the first element to be created by grinding stiff metal almost to breaking point, so it could be set sideways yet keep its sharp edge like a real eagle’s beak.
Similarly, the talons look lifelike, but ironically it was the feathers that took the longest time to craft. Believe it or not, each ‘feather’ had to be carved out of thin metal sheet before being layered over the body painstakingly to create the 3D effect; believably like a bird of prey’s bushy feathers.