RECYCLED WATCH ART – Recycling is, and should be, a large part of our lives, but how many times do you get to see Watches and Clocks that have been recycled? More is the point, how many times do you get to see Watches that have been recycled into works of art? I can tell you that when it comes to recycling old watches and transforming them into works of art there is none better than Dan Tanenbaum.
Dan has a passion for motorbikes, watches and recycling and has taken this passion and turned it into an artform, transforming any old watch parts into miniature motorcycles that are simply wonderful to behold.
I always admire works of art that are in miniature form. This stems from the appreciation that each pieces takes an enormous amount of patience, skill and time to produce and these miniature motorcycles are just incredible.
How small is small? Dan’s pieces range from just 6 to 8 inches and as you can see from the photograph above, these can generally fit in the palm of your hand.
Each piece of Dan’s artwork takes from using many different parts of an old watch and no two are ever alike. Dan also uses all parts of a watch to create his artwork, including the faces, bezels, hands and mechanisms, which would normal be thrown away. What is astounding is that Dan will use up to 50 different watches per motorcycle that he creates.
It is not surprising that Dan has built up quite a fan base, not only from Motorcycle enthusiasts, but from Art Collectors and people who want to add an usual touch to their interior design.
Considering the level of details, and the fact that Dan is working in miniature, each piece can take up to 50 hours to produce and can re-create any motorcycle from a picture. In fact many of Dan’s fans and collectors regularly send him pictures of motorcycles for him to recreate.
Dan will and certainly does make pieces to order and each wonderful miniature motorcycle can fetch anything up to £700 (US$1,100). You might think that this is a little on the expensive side, but when you consider in the factors of time, skill, patience and the fact that you get a completely unique piece of artwork then the price is certainly justified.
As you look through the collection of photographs here, it is difficult to imagine that each piece is just a tiny version of the original motorcycle and this is testament to the level of skill and love that Dan lavishes on each work of art he produces.
If you are into collectibles then, and really have a passion for motorcycles and all things miniature, then Dan’s work is certainly going to appeal and I am sure these works of art would fit in well with any interior design you may have.
Dan creating a wonderful Custom Chopper and all from recycled watch parts. You can see more of Dan’s work by visiting his Facebook page.