The 2022 WildThings NSW Australia Virtual Welded Art Collection

We are very pleased to announce that the International Institute of Welding (IIW) in Genoa, Italy selected Stainless Steel Sculptor, Ryan T. Schmidt in his 4th year participating as one of the 20 artists from 8 countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA; to showcase photographs of welded art related to Biodiversity which is gaining awareness for the health of the planet’s biodiversity in a form of Art. The following milestone is gathering traction across the globe:

  • Exhibited by WildThings New South Wales (NSW) in Australia;

  • Published by European Welding Federation (EWF); and

  • Presented to participants of the 75th IIW Annual Assembly that took place in Tokyo, Japan last July 17-23, 2022.

Click the link below to access the Digital Collection. You will find Ryan’s work on pages 26 & 78. We hope that you enjoy this dynamic digital collection presented by WildThings NSW, and share this with others.

Biodiversity refers to all the variety of life that can be found on earth as well as the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live. WildThings New South Wales, who's hosting the exhibition of the Virtual Welded Art Photographic and Digital Collection of biodiversity-related photographic exhibits from around the world, is a not-for-profit organization based in Sydney, Australia with a goal to promote, protect and enhance biodiversity in Ku-ring-gai and NSW. Ku-ring-gai is a local government area in Northern Sydney in New South Wales, Australia and known as “Sydney’s Green Heart”. WildThings NSW links in with many like-minded organizations around the world to protect and improve our biodiversity including progressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Ryan T. Schmidt has also been selected the last three years at the International Institute of Welding (IIW) to be a part of its Digital Photographic Collection of Welded Art presented to its Delegates during the Annual Assembly. Check out the photos from 2019 in Bratislava from this link.


The Digital Collections are now being made available to the public. The links in the attached document will take you to the three IIW welded art photographic exhibitions held in 2019,2020 and 2021 (page 4) plus the excellent work of the Bulgarian Welding Society (BWS) (2022) (page 11), IIW-India (2021/2022) (Page 9) and the Romanian Welding Society(ASR) (2021/2022) (page 7).


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The European Welding Federation (EWF) has published the article related to the WildThings NSW 2022 Virtual Welded Art Biodiversity Photographic Exhibition on its social networks. You can find the post here. There has been a fantastic response to the biodiversity messages and high quality of exhibits from the artists ranging from welders, welding instructors through to professional artists-Please enjoy and pass on to your family and friends.


IIW, headquartered in Genoa, Italy, is recognized as the largest worldwide network and centre of reference for welding and allied joining technologies. It operates as the global body for the science and application of joining technologies, providing a forum for networking and knowledge exchange among scientists, researchers, industry and educators, and disseminating leading-edge information and best practices.