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Coat Hanger Sculptures by David Mach.

by Andreas Rekopoulos

British artist David Mach is known for his stunning sculptures and for his peculiar choice of materials. This time he used coat hangers as a medium of artistic creation.

The coat hanger hooks are either left as is, protruding from all over the sculpture, or they are straightened, making the artwork full of spikes. In either case they produce a dramatic effect, as the sculptures look as if they are blurred, surrounded by a metallic mist. With these extraordinary artworks David Mach certainly pushes the boundaries of art and inspires artists to try new mediums.

These unique sculptures are made up of thousands of standard coat hangers. Mach first creates a plastic mold, the coat hangers are attached to the mold and welded together, and finally they get nickel plated for that final touch. Using this technique David Mach has created an entire collection of unique artworks. His sculptures range from Huge Gorillas, to Astronauts, Tigers, Jesus, even Mickey Mouse’s head.

David Mach was born in 1956. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (1974-79), and at the Royal College of Art, London (1979-82). He likes using mass-produced objects as a medium of artistic creation and he commonly uses a technique where multiple small objects are used to make the whole. Most notably he has used magazines, newspapers, coat hangers and matcheads.

Mach is known worldwide for his representational, yet controversial work and he is particularly famous in the UK. He is a Turner Prize nominee for a piece entitled “Die Harder”, which depicts the figure of Christ screaming in agony. In 2000 he was appointed as a Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London.

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