2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #43[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Amazing Sculptures Made With Old Wrenches
“I looked around one day, and in various boxes and drawers I found 500 to 600 old spanners and box wrenches,” says Piccoli. “I started welding.”
Piccoli has been in a wheelchair since contracting polio at age 8. Now in his 70’s, he has long since figured out how to get things done. To do the welding on life-size horses, bulls and more, he set up a system of hoists that allow him to lay his sculptures on their sides.
“I have 3 block and tackles at right angles to each other,” says Piccoli. “Even the 7-ft. marlin was constructed on its side.”
Piccoli’s most intricate sculpture is a sheep shearer working over a sheep with the fleece spread out in front of it. His biggest one is a bucking horse with rider.
He has been working on wrench art for the past 30 years, starting first with small garden sculptures. After the first few sculptures, he began buying new and old wrenches to weld in place. In addition to more than 20 pieces displayed at Star Spanner Sculpture Gardens, he has works in art galleries around Australia. Private garden tours of his work are by appointment only.
Check out Piccoli and his work on video at farmshow.com.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Star Spanner Sculpture Gardens, 1316 Boort-Quambatook Rd., Barraport, Victoria, Australia 3537 (ph 03 5455 4257).
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