bent wire mini sculpture by terry border

posted by the scholar on August 13th, 2007
filed under: art, artists, humor, mixed media, photography

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i need to show you these very funny little sculpture vignettes from indiana artist terry border. he crafts each piece from food, found objects and wire. i can’t decide if the objects themselves are funnier than the photos, or vice versa.






terry was a commercial photographer before his hobby of making mobiles and other whimsical things out of wire took hold. i’m so glad he’s blended his two expressive art forms.

what a riot!

i think i like “relish life… and death” the most.

check out his blog, see his larger pieces here, and while you’re at it, stop by his etsy shop too!

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38 Responses to “bent wire mini sculpture by terry border”

  1. technabob Says:

    wow, i thought for sure the gherkin would take the olive, so i guess i lost that bet!

  2. the scholar Says:

    they don’t call it the evil olive for nothing.

  3. yellowmonday Says:

    Gigi you really do hunt out the BEST stuff! These are really funny but also amazing for the nuanced expressions they have. And he can do it with a little bit of wire and a vegetable!

  4. the scholar Says:

    hi linda,

    i know — aren’t they great? the more you look at the photos, the more detail and emotion you find.

    he only has one piece in his etsy shop right now and i hope he’s making more!

    btw, your new work looks awesome… congrats! 🙂

  5. sosser Says:

    i think we need to start a petition to get him to sell these prints to us!!! i’m crazy for these and want them hanging in my kitchen, so i can laugh my head off everyday. outstanding find!

  6. Carson Says:

    Gigi thank you so much for finding these for me! Surrealist whimsy meets Theatre of Object: I love it!

  7. the scholar Says:

    sounds good to me sosser!

  8. the scholar Says:

    hi carson,

    how are things in oz? glad you like the photos — i think they’re a blast!

  9. Oren Rosenthal Says:

    These are hilarious! I especially love the pear staring at the mirror. You can almost tell what it’s thinking!

  10. the scholar Says:

    hi oren,

    glad you like them too — i really like the pear too — i think it’s saying, “do i look fat in this?”

    hahaha 🙂

  11. Scalpshaver Says:

    Very well done!! I am a Chef and I have just thought of a new pass-time!

  12. the scholar Says:

    hi scalp,

    glad you liked them too — they are so funny!

    i imagine since you are surrounded by food all the time, you will be whipping up some elaborate food photo shoots and stories. have fun!

  13. Michael Says:

    Those are fun, I hate olives so I hope it gets its comeuppance.

  14. the scholar Says:


    michael, you are amusing!

    thanks for the comment — and for the record, i’m with you on the olives. 🙂

  15. Norski Says:

    Thanks for the post!

    This was a day-brightener. And, seeing that it’s about 40 minutes before midnight, an overdue one.

  16. the scholar Says:

    hi norski,

    thanks for the comment — you are too funny!

    are you in the midwest too?

  17. Miranda Says:

    I know exactly how that pear feels.

  18. the scholar Says:


    thanks for the laughs and the comment, miranda!

  19. echu Says:

    damn that caribbean jerk!

  20. the scholar Says:

    hi echu,

    i think we’ve all been there with the caribbean jerks. it looks like the nutmeg has lost his mind!

    thanks for your comment!

  21. Fronika Says:

    I know just how that pear feels! Fat, fat, fat.

  22. the scholar Says:

    hi fronika,

    everyone has days when they feel like that, right? i think it would be funny if he expanded on that idea and instead of seeing a pear in the mirror, she (he? it?) saw something curvy, like an hourglass! 🙂

    thank you for the visit!

  23. shAq Says:

    pic1: samurai revenge movie

    pic2: Tony Montana in his bath from scarface.

    Man: “Dear, please listen to me? it’s not what you think?”
    woman: “i don’t want to listen to anything you say. we’re over.”

    pic4: take any treasure huting fantasy movie.

    pic5: “Honey, do i look fat in this dress?”

    pic6: Skyler after his brain feast from ‘Heroes’.

    ha ha.. great works..

  24. the scholar Says:

    hi shaq,

    thanks for the amusing comments — i definitely did not think of sylar in heroes! 🙂

  25. cherrytop Says:

    The carribean Jerk also seems to have intimidated the sugar, salt and pepper shakers as they are standing by as witnesses? Or watch out or you’re next? Hmmmm

  26. the scholar Says:


    nice insight! they do look like detached observers at the scene of an accident!

    thank you for the comment!

  27. princess consuela banana hammock Says:

    i don’t understand the last one…

  28. the scholar Says:

    hello princess,

    the jerk is sticking his foot out and is tripping the nutmeg, whose nutty brains have spilled out everywhere.

    is that what you don’t quite get?

    thank you for the visit!

  29. welshtart Says:

    They are very good. Sure put a smile on my face.

  30. the scholar Says:

    hi welshtart,

    these are fun, aren’t they? click on the link to terry’s website in the article to see even more funny stuff!

    thanks for stopping by!

  31. Alma Tuason Says:

    I love this guy. James Thurber, George Lucas, Joan Miro and PJ O’Rourke put together!

  32. the scholar Says:

    hi alma,

    wow! what an impressive creative combination of people! nice call.

    terry currently has a book in development that is scheduled to be released sometime next year (2009). if you click on the link in the post and head over to his website you can get on his mailing list for info about it.

    thanks for stopping by and for the comment! 🙂

  33. Alma Tuason Says:

    I’d love to get on that list. Would Mr. Border want to try with some native Philippine food? We have bitter gourd (Amplaya), star fruit (Balimbing), spiny smelly breadfruit (Durian), native jackfruit (Langka) as big as half a sack of potatoes and similarly shaped.

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