Shimmering recycled scrap metal sculptures by Vik Muniz (Photos)

© Vik Muniz

New York-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz is best known for his experimental photographs done in various foods and recycled trash. Most recently, his documentary Waste Land, focusing on Rio de Janiero's garbage pickers or catadores, was nominated for an Academy award. All in all, Muniz's film project raised $300,000 for a local charity that helps the catadores.

Muniz's latest works involve some fancy metal recycling -- gold! -- selectively and skillfully arranged to form animal shapes and subtle colours and shades.

© Vik Muniz
© Vik Muniz

The shimmering quality of the salvaged metals gives the works a living character.

© Vik Muniz
© Vik Muniz
© Vik Muniz
© Vik Muniz

Muniz's new works were shown as digital prints at the Armory Show in NYC earlier in March, and though it's over in person for now, you can still browse the exhibit in high-definition, thanks to a collaboration with Artsy. More over at Vik Muniz and the Armory Show.

[Hat tip: This Is Colossal]

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