When a TSA agent confiscates that shady grandmother's needlework scissors from her bag as you pass through security, don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Those scissors could come back to haunt you in the form of these metal spiders that are just perfect for putting on a shelf and scaring your ass off.
Intellectually I know they are art pieces, but there is a part of me that would never be sure these arachnids wouldn't come to life in some sort of Tim Burton inspired metal/slicing nightmare.
I'm pretty sure that's what artist Christopher Locke was going for. So, props.
His spider sculptures are pretty amazing and certainly stop you in your tracks. The spiders of varying sizes and poses are incredibly detailed, and win serious points for creative use of items that would have been headed to the landfill.
Hundreds of pairs of scissors — along with countless other banned items — are collected every day at airports around the country. According to the Federal Times, no one even measures how many tons of contraband items are confiscated each year. Reading between the lines, that sounds like a lot of junk for the government to dispose of.
While some items are trashed or even sold by some states, Locke's solution is certainly the most creative. According to Locke, he wanted to combat this waste and make something useful that he could sell, and so scissors became his muse. He sources his scissors in bulk from a TSA contact and then handcrafts each one so that no two are alike.
His unique creations are available via custom order on his website and range anywhere from $150 to $350 depending on the size, and time spent on each creation.
If you aren't into spiders, Locke also creates various bugs out of confiscated Swiss Army knives and multi-tools. For the record, they are on the creepy side as well.
Epic frightening sculpture win!