Christian Champin is a sculptor, but he never modeled wood or stone. He is an environmentalist, yet he never attended a protest. With a blacksmith grandfather and a father who did body repair for automobiles, working with metal is almost like a genetic trait in the Champin family. Making clever use of metal, old machinery, and whatever other discarded metal pieces he finds at the scrapyard, Christian welds together convincing sculptures of man and animal and uses them to comment on the state of the world and the issues we are facing. And in the process, he recycles. "[A] period of overproduced consumerism, the modern world is waste generator … From agriculture, automotive and industry, broken, rusty, bent, worn, the waste has a past, a message. Out of context, assembled by welding, diverted from their utility without expression, they become useless but alive. My work is focused on the movement of the harmony of form and sequence of curves. In a figurative style, size and theme [are] very variable, each piece is original and unique."
Bicycles are fun, but what some people find more fun than biking itself is actually building their own. Out of wood, of all materials. Self described as "not a normal biker," Jan Mucska is a Czech artist with an interest in nature, sustainable living, and simplicity.
Jan started building wooden bikes after years of digital work, as a designer for Czech automaker Skoda. He felt the need to engage in a physical labor of love and leave behind the rote and routine of the corporate world in order to pursue something simpler, but more challenging: freedom.