Sculpting with nails | John Bisbee
John Bisbee is an artist who spent nearly 30 years using nails as his sole medium to create geometric sculptures, organic installations, and unwieldy objects from thousands of nails that are hammered, bent, welded, or fastened together in a seemingly limitless procession of forms.
It all started when he was in college scavenging in an abandoned house looking for items to incorporate into a series of found-object sculptures. Through chance, he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails that, surprisingly, had fused together into a bucket – shaped hunk of metal.
His mantra: “Only nails, always different.” He shares with American Craft, “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”