Bob Campbell, also known as Stig, as is much a metal sculptor as he is an industrial artist or furniture designer. Using scrap metal parts from cogs and wheels to chains and treads, he crafts recycled one-of pieces and furniture sets that use a creative combination of manufactured pieces and built-from-scratch shapes.
He incorporates leather, wood and other industrial materials as needed but metal is always at the core of his work. He has sold his unique metal furniture pieces to all kinds of people through various venues, ranging from high-end luxury retail stores to music festivals, street markets and his own personal private gallery.
His work itself is open to interpretation but his unique style and curious material choices certainly set him up to be seen as existing somewhere between traditional arts and crafts and modern mechanical engineering.
Here’s more information about the artist and his creations:
“Bob Campbell created ‘Stig‘ in the mid 90s. He is a self taught English sculptor, best known for his furniture design and his use of salvaged mechanical and industrial parts. His home and workshop are located in ‘The North’ a region of England that was traditionally a center for heavy engineering and steel production. This area experienced a dramatic decline in fortunes from the 1980’s onwards, and a theme of regeneration/reinvention is evident in both the forms and materials he works with. The name Stig is taken from the popular children’s book “Stig of the Dump’.”
“I create furniture that goes far beyond its functional use. Each piece I produce is unique, the materials I use are reclaimed or repurposed from industrial scrap metal. By doing this I create sculpture that can bring a touch of the sublime into a domestic or everyday setting, as well as addressing the global need to re-use existing materials.”