Amalgamated art

ROBOTIC: An artist's impression of the robot models.

ROBOTIC: An artist's impression of the robot models.

FUN: Peter Fountain with robots. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED

FUN: Peter Fountain with robots. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED

WORK: A print of one of the artworks.

WORK: A print of one of the artworks.

PRINT: Artwork titled 'One good turn...'

PRINT: Artwork titled 'One good turn...'

I love inspiring and enabling the creativity in people. - Peter Fountain

WHEN artist Peter Fountain goes to the landfill he sees robotic characters, not rubbish.

He looks at a rusty sink and sees a robot belly.

He looks to the nuts and bolts and sees eyes and ears.

He looks to the cast-aside clutter and sees a new character waiting to be created.

This Friday, at Dudley House, Fountain will transport visitors to another world - the world of the amalgamate robots.

Fountain said he had worked toward an exhibition for a long time.

He said it had started from the junk laying around his house and studio.

"We were tidying up and we started putting it all together and realised we could make some really great characters," he said.

"I made six robots initially and I sold them really quickly.

"This has allowed me to harness my passion for recycling and telling stories.

"Doing this allowed me to pass on that passion.

"I love inspiring and enabling the creativity in people."

Fountain said each piece in the exhibition is a mix of the assembled robots, photography and animations.

"I was also able to make graphic novels and stop-frame animation for the exhibition," he said.

"Some Parmalat milk crates will be assembled into platforms  to create a city skyline."

Fountain said each of the robots in the exhibition reflected a personality trait.

"Each piece of rubbish I find lends itself to a particular character type," he said.

"When I sift through boxes of rubbish on a nature strip I start to see the connections between objects.

"Each character stems from my impression of our universe.

"I made a film director and his head is made from a slide projector mechanism.

"They are definitely character stereotypes from around the world."

They Walk Among Us is supported by the City of Greater Bendigo and Dudley House Community Hire subsidy.

The exhibition opens on Friday June 13 at 7pm.

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