“Saving the world one scrap metal at a time” is what seemed to be the mantra, and what drove this young artist from Podgorica, Montenegro to create a series of these larger than life Transformers-inspired metal sculptures. For the past two years, Danilo Baletic, 22, and his father, Mico have been working on these scrap metal sculptures, finishing all seven, including a colossal 25-ton, 46-foot Megatron sculpture.
Spearheading the project involves scavenging parts and materials that deemed useful for Baletic’s vision. And doing this is not a problem for him, as his father, Mico actually owns a scrapyard. The entirety of Baletic’s works all came from the said scrapyard, ranging from various car parts and other scrap metals that deemed useful to the project, all welded, cut and assembled by the father-and-son duo.
Among the seven include Transformers-inspired sculpture, Rammtron, one of Baletic’s first creations.
Now, where to find these awesome scrap metal sculptures? All of Baletic’s robot sculptures are currently on exhibition in the city’s main square, and was formally launched last July 23, 2014 as part of Podgoričko Summer of 2014 festival.
“I chose Transformers because “I’m a fan of movies about them.” Said the young sculpture extraordinaire, and then adds, “People all around the world should recognize that our waste can be recycled and transformed. We should protect nature. That’s the real purpose (of this exhibition), and not just to look good for a Facebook photo.”
As for both tourists and locales, they were equally-amazed and in sheer awe as they snap souvenir photos with the giant robots, while nearby residents lauded the young artist for his work, as well as his advocacy in protecting the planet.
The sculptures were also a part of international art festival, Remake Festival in Berlin. See Baletic’s works here.
(Photo Credits: Stevo Vasiljelic/Reuters)