The Wing House – an amazing recycled 747 airplane house

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The guts of a retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet rests in the hills of Malibu, California.  These parts aren’t just strewn around in the hills of Malibu. They have been constructed into the “Wing House,” which, as you can see, is aptly named: the roofs used to be wings. (Pics)

 

 

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Artful Car Hood Coffee Tables

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There was a golden age when the expansive hood of the American automobile could double as a picnic table. Thankfully, engine compartments have conformed to smaller motors and superior aerodynamics, but why give up the pleasure of dining (or making out) on the hood of an American classic just because you drive a Honda Fit? Joel Hester, in his Dallas-based Weld House, is scrounging the scrap yards of Texas and turning grizzled steel into tables, beds, armoires, and more.  (Pics)

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Awesome Twisted-Wire Junk-Sculpture Automata From Zimbabwe

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Scrap Art Extraordinaire!

From the It Takes a Village blog, an account of Zimbabwean artist Dexter Nyamainashe, whose twisted-wire junk-sculpture automata are fabulous, political and controversial:

Dexter Nyamainashe of Chiweshe, Zimbabwe is aged 41 and six years ago he started combining various art pieces he made to create what he describes as a “Global Village of Peace”. He uses scrap material to make little figures, minature homes and scenes which come alive when he rotates a piece of wire behind the art piece. The minatures move, they cook, they wash laundry, they play, they smoke a joint, they look for cattle etc… The animals fly, they run, they eat and they kill…Dexter says he has had a difficult time promoting his art locally for the following reasons:

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Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

 Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

The catalytic converter is made with trace amounts of platinum, palladium and rhodium, which speed chemical reactions and help clean emissions at very high temperatures. Selling stolen converters to scrap yards or recyclers, a thief can net a couple of hundred dollars apiece. Exactly how much depends on the size of the car and its converter.

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