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Monday, March 21, 2016

What Is That?

There is a very interesting yard in Conway, WA.  The man who owns it apparently collects EVERYTHING and ANYTHING.  Then he builds things with what he has collected - strange and wonderful things.
 He makes people








 And walls
 With fancies on top
 And fancies below - notice the potatoes and apples at the bottom

 Where does he get all the corks? And bottle caps?
 If you stop and take photos his young daughter will run down the stairs and hand you a paper that tells about him collecting all the items.  He likes donations - and he has not bought anything that he has used - it has all been given to him.


 How long does it take to sort all the different bottle caps?  And how long to make the pieces he designs?



An interesting critter
 With bottle cap wreath eyes
And old nails for hair 








One could never say his yard is boring.  I noticed last time we drove through that there were some new creations - I'll have to stop and take photos next time.

Have you ever seen anything like this?

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26 comments:

Lowcarb team member said...

Goodness, that is fantastic

All the best Jan

Small City Scenes said...

That's quite a place isn't it. One thinks someone has a lot of time on his hands.
MB

Donna said...

I love when creative people make art from what we consider trash....a true treasure!


Donna@Gardens Eye View
and Living From Happiness

Lorrie said...

Wow, the artist has a great imagination. I've never seen anything like these pieces. A great way to use up discards.

Lori E said...

Quirky and fun. Folk art can become greatly appreciated by others as years pass by.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, amazing and creative pieces of artwork. It is great all the recycled items that can be used. It looks like a fun and interesting place to visit and photograph. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Norma Ruttan said...

wow, that's a lot of detailed "sculptures?" He must have the patience of Job. The closest thing to this I've seen was wine bottles- cut up and used in windows. I admire people who have such imagination, and just think how he's saved these from overflowing land fills.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

The man is an artist! He put a lot of time and creativity into those. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week. Happy Spring, JoAnn!

Easter blessings,
Sandi

Snap said...

Now that is recycling! What fun! I think I could stand there all day looking at all the bits and bobs. Fun post! Happy Spring!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

He's a true folk artist! In some parts of the country where such art is collected, he could make a fortune!

Margaret Adamson said...

very creative and I wonder what he puts the donations too?

Cynthia said...

Wow! Those are some fantastic creations. I have always admired those who could turn "junk" into Art. This man has a real gift. I'm not visiting from one of the parties you have listed, but somehow, hopping around, I ended up here! Must say that I enjoy your photographs, especially the beautiful blooms on your header. So Spring-like! Have a great day!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love this! This guy is quite the artist. Very creative.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That really is something to see! It must take a lot of patience...and 'stuff' to put those together! WOW! What great folk art! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Rose said...

Oh, my goodness....these are so cool. I would love to see them in person. And wish I had even a touch of his creativeness!

Margie said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

Martha's Favorites said...

What a great yard! This guy sounds like so much fun to get to know. Have a great Easter. Blessings, Martha

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

What an innovative chap, he's obviously got a good imagination for repurposing things.

Pondside said...

I have never seen anything just like that. It's mesmerizing! In Toronto there is a two story house covered completely in wine corks, but that's the closest I've seen to the things you've shown.

Julie Fukuda said...

I guess if you had to drink all that wine in order to get that many corks, you wouldn't have much time left ... and that goes for the other bottle caps. The thing that strikes me most is where he stashes the stuff until he gets enough to use. I save milk cartons and paper towel tubes to use in scout crafts and empty spools and the like for classroom junk-art but keeping it all in a container while assembling enough to use can get rather messy.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Amazing! What patience and persistence he must have!

Powell River Books said...

Really funky art. He must have friends to help him collect all those bottle caps, or some recycling source. - Margy

Candy S said...

Oh my! It looks like a field of modern day totems that represent our endless need to waste our resources. Oh my! Again! I think that thought is a bit to deep for me.

The person that creates these modern totems is a talented folk art artist. I would love to see these creations in person. They really are most interesting to look at.

Have a great day! Hugs..... Candy

Amy at love made my home said...

Wow, that is amazing work isn't it! xx

riitta k said...

Interesting indeed! I love the splash of spring flowers in your header!

J said...

I love his strong sense of geometric design! Eye-absorbing patterns! His "critter" is my favorite! Just fascinating! Nothing like that in these parts. I'd also call it "folk art." Very imaginative!
I think you should have his daughter look up this blog post so he can see how much your readers are charmed by his art!