Sculptures that look so alive are actually made from thousands of nails

When it comes to creating fluid, organic sculptures out of rigid materials, you might say that artist John Bisbee has pretty much nailed it.

The Maine-based artist discovered his love for using nails as a sculptural medium while he was still in college. Bisbee was out scavenging for art materials in an abandoned house when he accidentally kicked over a bucket full of rusty nails. To his surprise, the nails fell out fused together in the shape of the bucket.

In the three decades since, Bisbee has produced all kinds of sculptures using 12-inch nails. The latest of which feature a writhing snake-like figure called Out of the Garden, as well as a spike-filled geometric wall pattern called Infinity Pool.

“A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything,” Bisbee explained his fascination with the material. “What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”

You can learn more about John Bisbee and his work here.