Locals transform trash into treasures

Some of the craftiest people in Mount Isa have been busy turning hunks of junk into fantastic pieces of art. 

Locals had the chance to show off their sculpture skills this month in the council’s inaugural street art competition. 

Schoolboy Nathan James, 14, took out first place in the junior class with a spectacular sculpture of a horse head. 

“I wanted to put myself out there and show the community what I can do,” he said. 

Mr James and his father collected most of the scrap metal from abandoned cars along Duchess Road. 

First place in the open competition was council worker was Adrian Waters followed closely by fabricator Jamie Weston. 

“I think this is a great initiative by council to get the community involved. I think there will be a lot more entrants next year,” Mr Waters said. 

The three sculptures will be displayed around Mount Isa with information on each of the artists. 

“I think it is a great way to show off the talents of locals rather than commissioning famous artists,” Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.