Sunday, August 22, 2010

Artist 41: Ptolemy

This guy is a British sculptor whose medium of choice is hubcaps. He rescues the poor things for the side of the road, junkyards, and anywhere a hubcap might get lost. He sees beauty in all things, and hubcaps are no exception. For this reason he will gladly take a visually pleasing object from discarded trash and use it in his artwork. Frankly, he can't believe that people are so unimaginative in recycling their useless, but aesthetically pleasing possessions.

Ptolemy is very upset with the wastefulness of modern human society and seeks to criticize this aspect through his artwork. He uses his hubcap fish to try to get people to think twice before throwing something away.

Hubcap Creatures Pictures, Images and Photos

Ptolemy has inspired me to pick up objects that are in useable shape that other people throw away, usually on the side of the road or on a sidewalk. I've found some rather interesting objects while doing this. I apply this same theory to dead animals; if the skeleton is in good shape, I'll take it. It's actually not that uncommon to see me come to a sudden stop on a road in order to pick up something on the side of the road that caught my eye.

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