Mick Kirkby-Geddes was born in Sheffield in 1966. He has been a professional sculptor since leaving Leeds Polytechnic with a degree in Fine Art in 1988. He makes his sculptures from a mixture of steel junk and new metal. ‘I think it all started with my dad showing me an old cog he’d found on the moors. My mum painted it black and it became a candle holder. Seeing it every day left a lasting impression on me, the fact that these sorts of things were lying around out there waiting to be discovered was fascinating. I use junk metal in my work because i enjoy working with the interesting shapes and like to change them into new objects. I feel compelled to re-use junk metal and give it a new lease of life. It’s like a personal mission not to see anything go to waste. Mixed together with new metal these discarded objects live again as parts of sculptural animals, people, robots, vehicles, in fact anything really. I make sculpture for indoors and outdoors, i work on private commissions as well as large public art pieces, exhibit in galleries and regularly work in schools’.
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