Owl made from hub caps
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The man who turns hubcaps into owls

Ptolemy Elrington sees animals in everyday objects - usually unwanted objects that have been discarded and left as rubbish.

The self-styled hubcap artist first became fascinated with scrap when he found an abundance of plastic car waste near his home in Bradford.

Later a trip to India convinced him that a lot could be made with the material that society threw away.

Now a full time artist based in Brighton, he has developed his own method for sculpting plastic scrap - with a special interest in fish.

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Real Time is a series for the BBC News website in which ordinary people tell their own extraordinary stories.

  • 13 Jun 2014
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