THEY say that one man’s junk is another’s treasure.
That’s certainly the case for Rankins Springs artist Wally Lamont.
Where others see rubbish, Mr Lamont sees the makings of a masterpiece and he has plenty of creations to prove it.
Mr Lamont has grand plans for the eye-catching Wally’s Junk Art Gallery located in the main street of Rankins Springs. It is currently a work in progress, but he hopes it will become a tourist attraction.
“I’m working on it slowly to build it up and hopefully have ready by next year,” Mr Lamont said.
“I want it to be for everyone to use. I’d just ask that they become a member. The town needs something interesting to get people to stop and look and get them talking.”
It was a trip overseas some years ago that first opened Mr Lamont’s eyes to the possibilities.
“I was in England and had a bit of a look around and went to Ireland where I kissed the Blarney Stone,” he said.
“I came back with a different perspective on things and I felt inspired.
“I first got the buzz in about 2001 and since then I’ve made at least 15 sculptures.
“I like to use old gas bottles, old chairs or bed frames and chains. I get my materials from clearing sales, the rubbish dump or people will drop stuff off to me.”
He has made everything from a life-size Ned Kelly to a discombobulated Dalek.
Mr Lamont’s latest works of arts include the Harry Potter inspired Hogwart’s Express – a train he created for the Rankins Springs Pony Club – and a large cross fashioned for the Rankins Springs Catholic Church.
“I really enjoy making something up out of old materials,” he said.
“I used old culverts and bits of other recycled materials to make the train. The pony club will use it as a jump.
“I’m looking forward to the Birds of the Bush Festival art competition.
“I’m working on pieces for that now.”