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Artist From Ohio Makes Stunning Sculptures From Silverware

 Art can be a source of motivation, focus and drive, pouring passion and fire into the artist, and awe and wonder into the spectators. Gary Hovey, an inspiring sculptor from the state of Ohio, is clear proof of that. Inheriting his father’s talents as a machinist and carpenter, Hovey saw beauty in ordinary household items found in every kitchen: spoons, forks, and other types of silverware. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994, Hovey threw himself into his art. 

With his movement restricted and limited work opportunities, his art form gave him a sense of purpose. It was in 2004 that Hovey completed his first silverware sculpture, a running dog. With the welding tools and expertise he needed now in his possession, he set to work on his gallery of sparkling sculptures. Even in 2010, when his disease progressed to a point that forced him to stop what little part-time work was open to him, Hovey pushed forward with his illustrious animals. Every detail of the creatures is carefully crafted and designed using different metal utensils, melded, and welded to create the details of each beast. These 20 pictures show the results of perseverance, hard work, and passion. 

 

1. Making a Splash; marlin

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Making a Splash; marlin

(Gary Hovey)  

 

2. Standing Fawn

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Standing Fawn

(Gary Hovey)

 

3. Desert Ship 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Desert Ship

(Gary Hovey)

 

4. Raccoon 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Raccoon

(Gary Hovey)

 

5. Gentle Giant

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Gentle Giant

(Gary Hovey)

 

6. Paddle Duck

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Paddle Duck

(Gary Hovey)

 

7. Bear Steel #2

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Bear Steel #2

(Gary Hovey)

 

8. Rainbow Trout

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Rainbow Trout

(Gary Hovey)

 

9. Sitting Cat

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Sitting Cat

(Gary Hovey)

 

10. Sticking the Landing; the great horned owl 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Sticking the Landing; the great horned owl 

(Gary Hovey)

11. Small Herons 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Small Herons 

(Gary Hovey)

 

12. Majestic Eagle 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Majestic Eagle

(Gary Hovey)

 

13. Bass Ecosystem 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Bass Ecosystem

(Gary Hovey)

 

14. Alligator 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Alligator

(Gary Hovey)

 

15. Regal Lion 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Regal Lion 

(Gary Hovey)

 

16. Johns Deer

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Johns Deer

(Gary Hovey)

 

17. It's A Stretch; dachshund

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, It's A Stretch; dachshund

(Gary Hovey)

 

18. Graceful; gazelle 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Graceful; gazelle 

(Gary Hovey)

 

19. Bear Steel #3 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Bear Steel #3 

(Gary Hovey)

 

20. Breaching Humpback Whale 

Sculptures welded and made using kitchenware, silverware and other utensils by Ohio Artist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Gary Hovey, Breaching Humpback Whale

(Gary Hovey)

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