The creative potential of upcycling is limitless! These key sculptures are an awesome example. By bending, shaping and soldering, Australian Upcycler Michael Moerkerk transforms discarded keys into gorgeous upcycled sculptures.
Michael Moerkerk is an Australian Upcycler from Horsham,Victoria. He uses discarded keys to create unique key sculptures. Moerkerk sources old keys and contorts them into interesting shapes like balls, bowls and wine bottles. The keys are soldered edge to edge to form creative upcycled sculptures.
Michael Moerkerk has always been creative, but started making these sculptures on a whim. He was supposed to be cleaning out his garage when he came across some old copper pipe. He cut it into rings and connected the rings together to create a metal sphere. This was the start of the technique that lead him to create upcycled key sculptures.
Michael’s friends and family encouraged him to start a shop. He works out of his single car garage to fulfill orders for his Etsy shop called Moerkey. Michael ships his orders around the world and also creates commissioned pieces.
I started making metal spheres from copper rings and then keys. Friends liked what I made, both the look and feel of the smooth spheres and suggested I start a shop.
It wouldn’t have happened without the support and assistance of my wife and family or the encouragement from my neighbours.
Each sculpture is handmade using repurposed materials such as copper pipes, pennies and keys. The sculptures are hand finished and polished to perfection!
We love the creative shapes that Michael creates with his key sculptures. The wine glasses and bottles are just breathtaking!
If we had to pick, the human torso sculptures would be our favourites. He makes these with keys and also old coins, simply exquisite!
These key sculptures might just be the coolest repurpose of old keys we’ve seen yet. The gaps in between the keys are so stunning, especially with light shining through.
Old keys have never looked so good!
Which of these key sculptures is your favourite?
Source: Michael Moerkerk
2 Thoughts on Key Sculptures
I have surplus inventory of keys, approximately 18,000 pieces. If interested, contact info @ CityLockUSA [dot] com
Has anyone ever heard of Vacher in connection with key art? I have a sculpture of a bird made out of brass keys that has a band on one of the bird’s feet with the name Vacher.