Planet Of The Apes Portraits Created With 57,000 Stainless Steel Ball Bearings.

Artist Joe Black doesn’t monkey around when it comes to interesting mosaics. Known for his assemblages crafted from vintage badges, Lego bricks and plastic toy soldiers, he’s used ball bearings to recreate two portraits of Cornelius and one of Zira, the monkeys played by Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter, respectively, from Escape From Planet Of The Apes the third movie in the original movie franchise.

Planet Of The Apes Ball Bearings Portraits

Planet Of The Apes Portraits

Titled “We Never Left”, this trio of portraits of the main characters in the Planet Of The Apes; two of Roddy McDowall as Cornelius and one of Kim Hunter as Zira, are made using steel ball bearings on black rubber mounted on aluminum. Below you can take a closer look.

Roddy McDowall (Cornelius)
roddy mcdowell in planet of the apescornelius planet of the apes made of ball bearings

Kim Hunter (Zira)
kim hunter as Zira
planet of the apes portrait made with ball bearings

Mr. Black used 57,000 stainless steel ball bearings on black rubber mounted on aluminum to create his series of three portraits title “We Never Left”:

planet of the apes art

images courtesy of Joe Black