Mehler’s material of choice, weathering Steel, also known as Corten steel, was originally developed for shipbuilding. That a robust, heavy material like this can be transfigured into such airy, seemingly weightless entities is thanks to the artist’s experience, knowledge, and influence on every step of the production process. He takes the metal to its limits, bending it to create sculptures inspired by the symmetry found in nature’s blueprints.
Herbert Mehler was born in 1949 in Steinau, Germany. His father was a master woodcarver who, by profession, carved crucifixes. At the age of just fifteen Mehler started an apprenticeship in his father’s workshop that would last several years until he began to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg.
He knew from early on that wood was not his material of choice. However, it was not until after the death of his father in 1985 that the artist decided to dedicate his career to sculpture. And only in the 2000s did Mehler find his formal sculptural language that persists to this day: vivid three-dimensional bodies of seemingly in-part geometric and in-part organic form. Sculptures which evoke elements of architecture while simultaneously calling to mind trees and other plant forms.
Herbert Mehler’s sculptures have been awarded numerous awards and prizes in his native Germany and are a permanent part of many public spaces such as parks and university campuses. His works have also been exhibited worldwide and are featured in many private and public collections.