On Valentine’s Day, we posted a photo of a bouquet of roses made out of motorcycle parts on our Facebook page, little did we know the amazing story behind the gorgeous metal roses. A few days later we were contacted by the artist known as “ArtbyDirt” who made the sculpture, asking to be credited for his work. Of course, we credited his work and got to talking with him about his art.
The artist, James “Dirt” Dorner, creates metal sculptures using American made motorcycle parts, specifically, Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles. Unlike most artists, he does not plan to make a profit off of his work. His perspective all changed when he welded an angel from his 1978 FLHX motorcycle, in which he gave to a patient in a 40-day coma from a motorcycle accident. Within 24 hours of the angel being in the patient’s hospital room, he awoke from his coma. Ever since then, Dirt decided to use his art to help those in need. To date, all of his art has been donated to local benefits. Over the years, “Dirt” has raised over $125,000 for Veterans and children’s hospitals, cancer societies, and no-kill animal shelters.
We asked Dirt, “what gives you the drive to help others?”, he replied that the loss of his father at a young age had a lot to do with it:
I think God gave me a gift, if I don’t do good with it, first and foremost, I am just wasting it. I grew up the son of a very ill father, I guess at an early age you learn to appreciate things differently, and I can’t help but think of the families of those who endure these kinds of hardships…. I know firsthand how it feels to be lost in the shuffle.” – James “Dirt” Dorner
Help him help others by showing your support by sharing this post and liking the ArtbyDirt Facebook page. Be sure to check out more of his work at Artbydirt.com. If you have unusable parts, you can help by donating your wrecked or rusted motorcycle parts to James “Dirt” Dorner.
Watch an interview with James “Dirt” below to find out where it all started. Flip through the gallery below the video to see more of his artwork.
Flip through the gallery below to see photographs of Dirt’s work making a difference in people’s lives.