A man from Steinbach has an eye for creating art out of scrap metal which he displays on his yard.
Larry Martens says the junk art he creates draws a lot of attention and brings smiles to the many kids that visit. "We have so many kids that come here. One little guy came here with his parents, they told me he goes home from here and builds the stuff out of Lego that he sees here."
Martens isn't a welder by trade but took up the craft to occupy his time after losing his father-in-law nearly a year ago. "He always appreciated creative people, and I thought he would think this is cool."
Many of the pieces he creates resemble characters from Disney movies, and don't take very long to assemble. The largest piece on display is a robot mother holding a baby, which is one of his favorites because you have to examine it closely to see the baby. He says that piece came together in under two hours.
Most of the scrap metal Martens uses for his artwork is found on the side of the road or is given to him by his friends. "I'm friends with some mechanics, and they'll give me parts rather than throwing them in the garbage or recycling."
As he looks at a pile of scraps, he says it doesn't take very long for him to come up with a new character idea, and it usually comes together very quickly. To date he's made more than 400 pieces, and the enjoyment his junk art brings to the many people that stop by his yard on a daily basis, is enough to keep him going with his creativity.