Tobbe Malm, a Swedish blacksmith and photographer living in Oslo, has made Bolt Poetry: tiny, emotion filled sculptures made from bolts. Collected from a Swedish farm where they were rusting away, these bolts were transformed into people. People who seem to be grieving, a lot.
In a series entitled Bolt Poetry, Malm transforms old steel bolts he found in an old barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. Tobbe explains:
” I found them in a barn. They had been lying there for a long time and they might well have continued to lie there until they had rusted away and returned to their original mineral form. The bolts reminded me of human forms, and I felt they had something to tell. I heated them, forged, bent and twisted. I tried to create relations, meetings and situations and suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour. A kind of poetry was created, hence the title.”
Bolt Poetry: Blacksmith Gives Emotions to Steel by Bending it Into Human Shapes: