The creative touch

Prince Albert sculptor Jaret Mayer stands in front of a collection of his pieces during the Evergreen Artisan Market at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald.

Jaret Mayer is always on the hunt for scrap metal.

It’s not for maintenance, repairs or construction projects. It’s for art.

“Everyone I come in contact with, I ask,” he chuckles. “If you have metal, I’ll take it.”

Roughly three years ago, Mayer started taking those scraps and molding them into a variety of decorations and sculptures in his Prince Albert garage. His creations range from metal robot figures, to miniature motorcycles to larger decorative pieces that hang on the wall.

The project is a creative outlet for Mayer, and each piece starts with the same question: what can he make with it?

“It evolves,” he says, and points to a pair of metal pistols on display. “The guns you see there, they started off as shoes until I held them in my hands and I’m like, ‘no, this feels like a gun handle,’ so I switched it to a gun. It just depends.”

Although the shape of the metal often determines the final product, Mayer does sometimes start out with a specific plan or project in mind. His favourite piece, a small sculpture of two hands reaching out to touch at the fingertips, is a great example. It’s a homage to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” a fresco that forms part of the Sistine Chapel.

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