It has been three years since junk art sculptor Bryan Joseph Webb Trinidad started turning trash materials into works of art.

His creative masterpieces hail from metal scraps and other junk collected from his hometown in Tumana, Barangay San Jose in Baliwag, Bulacan as well as nearby barangays whose officials have come to know his prolific artistic nature.

“Nakahiligan ko siya dahil sa imagination ko na gumawa ng mga laruan gamit yung mga basura na napupulot ko (I developed a fondness for creating toys using junk that I gathered),” Trinidad said.


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Tumana’s creative genius has earned the admiration of local town officials, particularly the Municipal Environment and Natural  Resources (MENRO) office who supplies him with paint and adhesive materials in support of his artistic endeavors.

Trinidad does not look at broken electric fan wires the same way others do. Artists have excellent ways to turn the ordinary and mundane into beautiful displays. Just like any other artist, when his creative juices begin to flow, it heralds the time for him to start working with found objects gathered in his workshop.

“Ang ginagamit ko lumang payong, mga bote, sirang electric fan at mga bumbilya (I love using old umbrellas, bottles, old electric fans and old bulbs),” he said.

”Ang Pinakapaborito ko sa lahat ng nagawa ko ay itong motor na gawa sa mouse, old toy car, screen, takip ng pentel pen, takip ng pabango, lumang shades, flashlight, lumang lighter at mga bote, at parte ng headset (My favorite among my works of art is this motorcycle’ which I made using an old toy car, screen, a pentel pen cap, a perfume cap, old shades, flashlight, old lighter, a bottle, and a part of a iscarded  headset),” the artist said with a proud smile.

Picking up another junk art lying on display from a table in his workshop, Trinidad holds what he considers as his ‘masterpiece’, the ‘Black Widow’.

FROM JUNK TO ART. Bryan showcases his process of turning junk into beautiful works of art.

“Ito po ang aking obra. Ang tawag ko rito ‘Black widow’. Gawa ito sa lumang paying, lumang bumbilya, spring, sensor ng computer, plug ng kuryente, at makina ng electric fan.  (This is my masterpiece, I call this ‘Black Widow’. This is made from old umbrella wires, old light bulbs, spring, computer sensor, electric plug, and the motor part of an old electric fan),”Trinidad related. “

The Bulacan junk art sculptor aims to inspire everyone to repurpose trash and turn them into something useful instead of turning a blind eye on things that could potentially clog our drainages.

“Ang inspirasyon ko po ay makatulong sa environment na maging malinis; imbes na makita natin yung mga basurang nakabara sa mga estero, puede nating pulutin, i-recycle natin. Puede nating gawing display sa bahay or puede rin nating pagkakitaan. My inspiration is to help clean the environment. Instead of seeing trash lying in drainages, we can pick them up and recycle them. We can turn them into displays or we could make a living out of trash,),” Trinidad ended.

 

Jenny Manongdo

Jenny is a former reporter for a major daily newspaper and now uses her skills to advocate for the environment through the DENR's Task Force Kalikasan. She also maintains her blog http://mannaforjenny.tumblr.com/ where she writes inspiring articles to inspire her readers and keep the stress out of the daily grind. Follow her on social media through twitter @i_will_flourish.