Be prepared to lose your mind after seeing these photos and videos!
Steve Nielsen has a knack for turning chunks of ordinary metal into astonishing works of art.
His latest creation, a polished metal walleye sculpture, is both dramatically detailed and breathtaking. From the razor-sharp teeth and spiny fins to the hand-shaped stainless steel ‘rocks’ it rests on, this thing has it all.
Just look at that finely polished, mirrored surface.
Nielsen gave regular updates on his Facebook page, showcasing the work involved in creating an exquisite piece of art such as this.
Quick update showing how far the walleye sculpture has come. Mocked up with the polished stainless head taped to the unfinished body as well as the patterns for the fins taped in place.This sculpture will be auctioned off at the 30th anniversary Fish Futures banquet in April, to help with the conservation of walleye and the waters. More to come soon. You can follow the entire build process and weekly update here at facebook.com/SteveNielsenArtist
Posted by Steve Nielsen on Friday, March 9, 2018
Quick #walleye update. I started the polishing process on the body. Then tonight I realized I should've ran a reinforcement through the body since the lower fin will be welded to the habitat and has to support the weight of the body and head. Trust me it hurt to have it polished then cut into it. 😬 Oh well, its got to be done right and im still planning to finish it by the end of this coming weekend.Facebook.com/SteveNielsenArtist
Posted by Steve Nielsen Art – Metal & Airbrush Artist on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
#walleye update. This is raw video, taken today while welding the fins. It will be edited down later and used in a short documentary showing the entire build process from start to finish. Guess you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the head welded on. I'm still working on making the teeth shorter and polishing them inside the mouth isn't easy.Ps video looks better if you click HD
Posted by Steve Nielsen Art – Metal & Airbrush Artist on Thursday, April 5, 2018
#walleye update 4-11-18Still polishing.. every time I clean it, I find more scratches.. lol
Posted by Steve Nielsen Art – Metal & Airbrush Artist on Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Is your jaw on the floor much like mine is? What an incredible talent and an insanely awesome work of art.
For those wondering, Nielsen has put a total of 740 hours into creating this sculpture.
This particular piece will be auctioned off at the 30th Anniversary Fish Futures Banquet April 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Raised funds will go to helping with the conservation of walleye and the waters.
Be sure to give his Facebook page a follow by clicking HERE. Fish, such as this 30-inch steelhead he designed and sculpted, are a specialty of Nielsen’s.
He also has an Etsy shop you can visit by clicking HERE.
Images Courtesy of Steve Nielsen Art – Metal and Airbrush Artist (Facebook)
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