steel bolt is probably one of the least emotional or human things that I
can think of, but that’s not how Tobbe Malm feels. This Swedish
blacksmith in Oslo can coax simple steel nuts and bolts into human-like
forms that, despite their simple shapes, seem laden with emotion.
On his website, the blacksmith explains how this series, called Bolt Poetry, came about;
bolts are from an old farm in the heart of a the area Bergsladen in
Sweden. I found them in a barn… The bolts reminded me of human forms,
and I felt they had something to tell. I heated them, forged, bent and
twisted. I tried to create relations, meetings and situations and
suddenly stories emerged about sorrow, joy, pain, warmth and humour. A
kind of poetry was created, hence the title.