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These unusually emotive sculptures were created by Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm. Malm found the bolts in an old farm in Sweden. They had been lying there for a long time and if left alone would have rusted away. Being a blacksmith, Malm couldn't let them happen. So he brought the bolts home, forged them and hammered them into the figures we see here.

“The bolts reminded me of human forms and I felt they had something to tell,” said Tobbe Malm. “I heated them, forged, bent and twisted. I tried to create relations, meetings and situations and suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour.”

The collection of sculptures is titled “Bolt Poetry”. This particular series by Tobbe Malm is very similar to Czech photographer Vlad Artazov’s “Life of Nails”.


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