Annual Scrapfest challenges artists to turn something old into something amazing
Wednesday, June 22 — What do you get when you cross 9,000 pounds of scrap metal with 18 teams of enthusiastic welders, artists and families? Aside from a healthy dose of upcycled art, you also form the basis of the third annual Oldtown Scrapfest.Participating teams were given one hour to collect up to 500 pounds of discarded scrap metal from Friedland Industries’ scrap yard and two weeks to craft their materials and ideas into metallic realities. Brittney Hoszkiw, the executive director for the Old Town Commercial Association, described the process as an exciting scene of “organized chaos” as everyone scrambled to collect their materials. This Friday and Saturday, the 18 sculptures will be out on display in the parking lot near Turner Street and Grand River.