Gabriel Dishaw’s junk art Nikes

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Gabriel Dishaw’s junk art Nikes

Metal sculpture artist Gabriel Dishaw uses found objects from typewriters, adding machines, and old computers, held together with fine wire and glue, to create his awesome sculptures. He pays homage to his favorite sneakers by piecing together these replicas. Pictured above is the Junk Dunk (Left), based on the Nike Dunk Low. Here’s a side view:


In previous iterations, like the first version shown below, he sacrificed a shoe from his personal collection to harvest the sole as a base to build off of.


The newest addition is the Blazer Pentium 1.0:


(Via Geekologie. Thanks Brookelynn!)

12 thoughts on “Gabriel Dishaw’s junk art Nikes

  1. Shawn Connally says:

    These are freakin’ amazing!

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Wow. Those ARE amazing. I’m inspired to maybe try my hand at making ones you could actually wear (I assume you couldn’t wear these).

    I have a bunch of keyboard membrane left over from the Best of Instructables book demos. That could be used for the rounded parts. If you built them on a form of actual tennis shoes, you might get something that looked similar to this bit was wearable. Love the use of the gears for eyelets and the cable laces.

  3. Jeremy Mayer says:

    I see typewriter parts!

    1. Jeremy Mayer says:

      Which is good.

  4. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Hah! Jeremy Mayer (who I think is a genius!) seeing typewriter parts is like that kid from Sixth Sense seeing dead people.

    Check out Jeremy’s stunning work:

  5. Chantix Lawsuit says:

    Amazing! I wish they could actually be worn.

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