Wally’s Junk Art Gallery, Rankins Springs
By day, Rankins Springs man Raymond Lamont – known as Wally – works for a shire council. By night and on weekends, he lives and breathes junk art and sculptures.
The talented artist was visiting a gallery in Scotland years ago when he spotted a junk sculpture of a man that inspired him to make similar pieces. Where people see leaves, trees, rocks, lawn mower blades, and discarded farm machinery, Wally sees items he can transform into works of wonder.
Over the years he has created a sizeable junk art collection, with some donated or sold, including a Ned Kelly sculpture (one of six he has made in recent years) in the deanery of Griffith’s Anglican Church, a large bee at a Beelbangera property, and many in the homes and gardens of Sydney collectors. Wally is also often commissioned to create custom pieces.
Wally is on the verge of opening a gallery to display his art. He is renovating an old Rankins Springs BP fuel depot he purchased last year. The distinctive purple building is named Wally’s Junk Art Gallery and will feature different themed areas, including a Dr Who zone dedicated to the famous blue Tardis, Wally’s favourite.
Scheduled to open in November 2015, Wally hopes the showcase of his works and other local artists will draw in art lovers from around the world to Rankins Springs.
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12 Boomerang St Rankins Springs
0431 069 921
Open 9am to 5pm most days and by appointment