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Artist Creates ‘Watch’ Art

Artist Creates ‘Watch’ Art
Using parts inside a watch, Dan Tanenbaum creates various works of art such as the miniature motorbike above.
October 25
10:13 2014

Artist and miniature-maker Dan Tanenbaum has a fascination with the inner workings of watches.

He could obsess over the tiny components in the timepieces for days.

He describes himself as an “avid, if not obsessive” watch collector. In addition, he collects the discarded pieces of vintage watches and gives new life to each of the pieces.

At first, he started making cufflinks decorated with watch gears arranged to look like tiny motorcycles. (As a lover of watches, he only uses broken and discarded watch components, and never breaks apart functioning watches.)

Soon, though, the cufflinks, as unique as they are, began to feel stale, and so Tanenbaum expanded his portfolio to include free-standing miniature models of motorcycles, all created from watch parts.

The result of that search was a 3D, free-standing model motorcycle, entirely created from watch parts.

Look closely and you can see all the watch components that have been repurposed into pieces of the sculpture.

“Once I started my first motorcycle I decided to stick with this as my focus,” he says.

Soon, someone introduced him to the aesthetic subculture known as Steampunk, which features a lot of mechanical, gear-based pieces.

“I was amazed at how many artist were in this space and started a collection of pieces from various artists creating amazing works out of watch parts.”

Through these connections, Tanenbaum teamed up with two other sculptors who used watch and other mechanical parts in their work, Sue Beatrice and Justin Gershensen-Gates.

He admired their work and tracked them down with the proposal of a collaboration. Tanenbaum created the motorcycles, and Beatrice and Gershensen-Gates created the riders.

The result is a complex but cohesive blend of the three artists’ styles–Tanenbaum’s meticulous arrangements, Beatrice’s delicate forms and Gershensen-Gates’ futuristic take on the human figure.

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