September 03, 2004
From junk

creative perspectivesA friend was telling me about his creative endeavors as a kid growing up in Spain. He comes from a family of 11 and money was a bit tight when he was young. Once his father scavenged some old, broken TVs and gave them to Santy so he could strip them of their copper wires, sell the metal, and have a little money for sweets or toys.

But when 7 year old Santy opened the first TV, he saw all the components inside and thought, “I can make a whole town from this!” So he did. He pulled apart the sets, broke open the tubes, disassembled everything and created a four meter square town of tiny buildings, roads and airplanes.

That may be the best use of a TV I’ve ever heard.

What creative things have you made out of old junk?

Posted by kuri at September 03, 2004 05:38 PM


That’s really cool! Probably one of the best uses for a TV. You’re right.

I make a lot of things out of old scraps of paper. I save a lot of things. Maybe I need to take inventory of what I’ve got hiding in drawers and see what I can make!

Posted by: on September 3, 2004 07:38 PM

ah…those were the days. I think it’s the fact that nothing expensive is involved capture the whole essence of the joy & creative spirit. Well, not exactly junk…but I remember catching tiny fishes in a stream with my cousins during school holiday. We didn’t have fish nets so we use colanders instead. My mom used to make me whistles with banana leaves.

Posted by: Lisa on September 3, 2004 10:01 PM

A living room, a kitchen, a bedroom, an office… :)

Posted by: womble on September 5, 2004 06:30 AM

Those chunky silver pendants i wear are all made from the waste sheet metal (tin/aluminum alloy) that came out of the dumptser at the back of a space program building in Adelaide, all made by an old friend of mine. He also made lampshades and clocks out of practice motherboards from the engineering departments dumpster at Uni…

Posted by: j-ster on September 6, 2004 02:03 AM
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