Meet James Rice, an American artist who has become an internet sensation following his creation of miniature motorcycle sculptures that he creates using only bent spoons. Pictures of his peculiar art have already gone viral securing hundreds of thousands of shares and likes. He even sells these sculptures from time to time on Etsy with each one priced between $3,000 and $4,000.
Rice is an Air Force veteran and ended up using this bizarre medium, spoons, for his creations following his wife’s erroneous order for wedding favors. His wife, Jeny Buckley said, “I had a lot of spoons I erred on, but didn’t want to throw them away. I asked Jim to make something cool for me.”
Rice, being a good artist since his childhood, decided to make motorcycles. He says, “I was good in art,” he later revealed. “I could draw, but I really liked taking things apart and putting them back together. I made my own bikes. I restored cars, built motors. In middle school, I built a mini bike. Anything that had a motor in it, I was intrigued.”
Following his wife’s request, Rice built the first sculpture a few hours later. It was a basic motorcycle that was created using spoons and featured wheel bearings for tires. This sculpture was made before he decided to use only spoons and the subsequent models, each becoming more intricately detailed, feature only stainless steel spoons for imparting the overall shape.
Rice has come up with his own techniques of shaping and bending spoons without employing the use of hammer or heat. This way he is able to create the desired shape without compromising on the original beauty of the spoons. The Etsy page states, “Jim flattens, bends, twists, and shapes the spoons by hand. Everything on his chopper is spoons; engine, wheels, tires, gas tank. He truly sees how to make the unassuming spoon into something most of us would have never thought of.”
Buckley names the sculptures after animals that they remind her of. We have a ‘Wasp’, the ‘Owl’ and the latest being the ‘The Bagger’. She says that these sculptures take him months to complete now since he is also working 60 hours a week at his regular job. The Bagger measures in at a length of 21 inches and features a weight of over 7 pounds. This creation of Rice won three awards at Washington State Fair’s Fine Art Show and is currently on sale at Etsy with a price tag of $3,899.99. His another creation, ‘The Wasp’ was featured on the Facebook page of ‘Why We Ride’ and has been shared 130,453 times already! Talk about a geek going famous.
And he’s loving every bit of it. He says, “I wanted some kind of legacy. Something to be remembered for.” What a legacy you have built sir, what a legacy – we salute you!