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Saturday, April 20, 2013

For Earth Day: Trashformations - "Sinister Fish" metal sculpture

My friend, Steve Moroukian, and I participated in an Earth Day tradition here in Bend, OR. We met up at a local second hand materials business called Pakit. We gathered some metal scraps and parts with no plan yet in mind. We knew we wanted to make something that looks alive out of the very sad looking metal refuse.

Hence "Sinister Fish" was born.  From the dead items of past lives, cobbled together with care and forethought.

This Fish turns toward the wind, thanks to its tail and wheel barrow hub underbelly, complete with wheel bearings. His jaw moves on a spring.

List of junk items used for this project: old school desk, expansion tank from hot water heater, two barbeque grills, metal cut from 50 gallon drums, a bar stool, metal button backings, foundation form ties, Dodge hubcaps and some metal of unknown origin.

We used a large skill saw of mine with no table or guards that was converted to cut metal. Steve used his wire fed welder, we both had grinders, along with drills, metal brushes, etc.

"Sinister" stands on a metal pole and base. Total height is maybe 7 plus feet tall.

This was a collaboration from start to finish. We worked hard and had fun. It was enjoyed by many at the Earth Day celebration.

Yes, it is looking for a forever home :-)

Bleu Turrell

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