The Telegraph reports that an artist is using – of all things! – discarded hubcaps to create his works.
Ptolemy Elrington, 43, works full time in his studio crafting shiny dolphins, dogs and dragons from all grades of hub cap – from BMW and Mercedes to Ford and Volvo.
He fixes the caps together using wire salvaged from scrap yards and cuts them with a craft knife and hacksaw.
Using free materials means the Brighton-based artist only charges customers for labour – at about £75 [about US $120] per day.
His most expensive creation was a dragon that used 200 hub caps, measured 10m long, and took over a month to build. It sold for £3,000 [about US $4,760].
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He said: “I like to work with reclaimed materials to show that what is one person’s junk is another man’s treasure.
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Ptolemy has about 500 hub caps in stock and uses between ten and 200 caps per model.
He said: “I never buy the hubcaps – I either find them at the roadside or am passed them by family and friends in the UK.
“Even the wire I use to fix the hubcaps together is salvaged from scrap yards.”
I’ve never thought of old, discarded hubcaps as particularly artistic, but I think Mr. Elrington might change my mind about that!