Incredible wooden 3D sculptures that bring wall art to life

Ron Van der Ende is a sculptor based in Rotterdam who creates incredible wall-mounted 3D sculptures of cars, trucks and everyday objects made out of different bits of salvaged wood, all glued together in a mosaic style.

Van der Ende grew up as the son of a building contractor in the small village of Maasdijk in an area called ‘het Westland’, which is known for being covered in glass houses. After attending art school in Rotterdam, he explored various techniques and materials until in 1996 he decided to focus on the use of salvaged wood exclusively.

On explaining his latest work, he said: "In 2000 I came up with a way to construct wall mounted bas-reliefs from salvaged wood. The original colour and texture of the wood is utilised to form a gripping and realistic mosaic, a realism further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. By now I have built over a hundred of these works with themes ranging from cars and architecture to tree stumps and even a cut of meat. I am interested in artefacts that have once inspired enthusiasm but that we have come to look upon with indifference. I want to reexamine these objects thoroughly and up close. I want to hold them to the light and see how their meaning has changed."

Via Ron Van der Ende