Here is the second email about the wrench guy.
Many of us have great stories about the different and unique ways we
or others have reused things. The following case involves the ingenious
reuse of countless numbers of a single type of common item, wrenches.
The artist is John Piccoli of Victoria, Australia. Locally, he is known
as “The Spanner Man.” Spanner is the British and Australian word for
what Americans call a monkey wrench.
Thirty years ago Piccoli began making small garden sculptures from
wrenches he had collected. Today he is creating large statues and garden
art pieces that qualify for museums. Piccoli’s art appears in many
galleries around Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney and St. Kilda.
The popularity of his works and the quantity of wrenches needed
eventually compelled Piccoli to purchase as well as collect them.
These works become even more impressive when you learn that Piccoli, now
in his 70s, contracted polio when he was eight years old and is in a
wheelchair. His large workshop is equipped with a cross-over gantry
crane and several block and tackles that allow him to work at chair
level, yet in three dimensions. And here is what he starts with.