Most of us tend to take our surroundings for granted. One innovative artist is using his art to shine a new light on a mostly overlooked part of our environment.
Floyd Elzinga is a sculptor from Ontario, Canada who was inspired by one of nature's often ignored creations: pinecones.
Elzinga uses pieces of molded steel to create these giant pinecone replicas, which range from 12 inches to 10 feet long.
Each cone is designed to perfectly mimic those found on trees of all kinds, which requires hours of careful planning and assembling.
Because they are made from steel, many of these incredible works of art weight over a ton!
"What I love about seeds is their rugged durability and adept design involved in promoting self-reproduction," Elzinga explained to Country Living. "Seeds embody a stereotypical potential and that idea of the potential of a seed is magnified by 10 to 200 times in a pinecone."