Metal art often only considered as metal wall art covers many spheres of both the functional and purely decorative artwork. Functional like metal clocks, cutlery, and sleek appliances and decorative like picture-prints on metal sheets, bronze sculptures, exquisite chess pieces, and the decor accents.
From wire metal filigree works and the cast metal sculptures made from bronze, to ancient hammered metal cups and fine gold Egyptian jewelry, the resilience of earth metals and their malleable nature has made them one of the best materials to make beautiful works of art and crafts.
Many treasures and the artifacts that survived the pyramids of Egypt are variations of metal artworks. They include statues, ornaments, gold coins and the funeral masks. The magnificent statues still standing today in Greece and Rome were cast in the bronze. The people of ancient American civilizations (the Incas, Mayans, and the Aztecs) made hatchets and ceremonial implements from hammered copper. Objects of the faith like crucifixes and sacred art were also crafted to exquisite perfection by monks in their monastery. And the spectacular Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour is metalwork of art made from copper and the wrought iron.
Now, there is a renewed interest in metal artworks, especially for use as decoration and adornment purposes. Jewellers, just like in the days of old, make beautiful crafts from the precious metals enhanced with precious or faux stones or enamel motifs. And designers, and decorators now, more than ever, utilize the metal products as wall art, sculptures, statues, furniture, decorative hardware and ironmongery, and ornamental staircase railings.