What is junk to some people is art to Thomas Michael Malloy. I am a welder by trade and believe, "People throw away too many things. In my travels, I salvage old machine parts, broken-down appliances and scrap metal from junkyards to create my intricate, whimsical sculptures. An old pair of pliers becomes a lobster's claw, a piece of exhaust pipe makes a horses head; a discarded hair dryer is resurrected as a Viking helmet.
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All my art work is only in ferrous metals - iron and steel - which lend themselves to gas or electric welding. "Heavy metals excite me - they're bold and permanent.", he says. The sculpture begins when a stray object fires a mental picture. I make a sketch, then lightly tack-welds parts together until the image take shape. Inspired, I will work long hours after finishing the day in my lawnmower repair shop in Glen Head. Or the piece may sit unfinished for months while he reaches for a special part
Finished sculptures are priced from $1,000 to $20,000, depending on the size and intricacy of detail.