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ZjHunk Metal Art - Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton
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Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Artist Name: ZjHunk Metal Art - Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #1: Jasper the Dog

Media: reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 12"H x 12"W x 36"D

Retail Price: $275 + tax

Artist’s Statement: Never chain up your dog, his eyes will bug out!


Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #2: Claudelle

Media:
reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 40"H x 12"W x 36"D

Retail Price: $295 + tax

Artist’s Statement: This long-legged herbivore is often seen choking down weeds.


Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #3: Baby Hippo

Media: reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 24"H x 16"W x 36"D

Retail Price: $525 + tax

Artist’s Statement: When a waffle iron and a propane tank get together, things heat up. Voila….Baby Hippo!




Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #4: Zero Mosquito

Media: reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 20"H x 13"W x 26"D

Retail Price: $175 + tax

Artist’s Statement: When a drill bit collided with a screen door, voila…Zero Mosquito!


Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #5: Winston

Media: reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 40"H x 12"W x 36"D

Retail Price: $295 + tax

Artist’s Statement: This Italian bird is most often spotted in dock blinds, hoeing down weeds with his long flat bill.


Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #6:
Willow the Dancing Crane

Media: reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 67"H x 14"W x 40"D

Retail Price: $1,450 + tax

Artist’s Statement: When two propane tank covers, a horse yoke, and garden shears party, voila…Willow!


Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #7:
Ladybugs on Parade

Media: reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 24"H x 36"W x 6"D

Retail Price: $625 + tax

Artist’s Statement: Lovely ladybugs on Parade keep the garden healthy by eating pesky bugs.


Paul Wilton and Leslie Wilton

Title of Piece #8:
Garden Friend

Media: reclaimed metal

Dimensions: 6"H x 12"W x 20"D

Retail Price: $195 + tax

Artist’s Statement: This lovely ladybug will help protect your garden by eating pesky bugs.

Artist’s Bio:
LESLIE WILTON
I am a junk sculptor. Make that “upcycled metal sculptor.” I take stuff other people throw away, and transform it into whimsical sculptures of bugs, birds, and critters of all kinds for your home and garden.

I’ve always been an artist, starting as a little kid making after school craft projects with my aunt Hazel. I am a living example of how vital after-school art programs are, as I’ve made my living off my art for over 30 years. In a time when jobs are scarce, it’s good to be self-employed.
I’ve started five businesses so far and all of them are in or of the arts. In 1976, I started blowing glass. I was one of the first women glassblowers in the country. Because women glassblowers are such a rare breed, when I built my studio in 1980, I called it Blacksheep Glass. In 2000, I sold Blacksheep Glass in order to start a new family business, Dynamic Display Systems. Now that it’s off and running, I am able to pursue my art again.

I discovered upcycled metal sculpture quite by chance, or maybe it was serendipity. I had been searching for another form of expression and then my neighbor died, leaving me a bunch of really cool, giant tools. I had to do something with them. My husband, Paul, and I built an 8' tall scarecrow named Weego, and on that day, Zjhunk Metal Art was born. So be careful what you throw away, it may become a Zjhunk sculpture some day.

PAUL WILTON
Having been on the technical side of art for 25 years, I was always the “go-to-guy” for any sort of tool or tooling an artist might need. In my career as a master machinist, I have invented many products and tools to improve artists’ lives and hold letters of patent for several of these inventions.

I now find myself on the other side of the fence. I guess being around art and artists so much over the last two decades, it’s kind of rubbed off on me. I now enjoy nothing more than transforming unique discarded items into whimsical colorful creations that hopefully will bring joy to people’s lives.

ZJHUNK METAL ART
Some people collect stamps, we collect junk. Not just your garden variety of junk, but special unique pieces, vintage, turn of the century junk that you can’t get anymore. Like the first adding machine ever invented, and old MANUAL typewriters (remember them?). That’s way before electricity or computers, kids. Cool old tools your Grandad used to use. Stuff so awesome in and of itself, that it cries out to be useful again. We have heard the call. That’s why we make Zjhunk!

 

Photos: Heather Main, SDBG Staff