Dave Coyle sees the world for what it is — and for what it isn’t.His imagination looks through a lens in which an old battery is the body of a robot. A headlight is an eye. The flared end of a clarinet is the barrel of a blunderbuss, the type of gun often associated with the pilgrims.
It wasn’t until recently that Pullman’s Coyle began collecting parts and pieces and making these whimsical visions a reality. His robots, rayguns, vehicles and more are on display through the end of the month at the Neill Public Library in Pullman. We checked in with Coyle to find out more about his work:
Name: Dave Coyle
Hometown: Aberdeen, Wash.
Artistic training: Self-taught
Profession: Transit driver for City of Pullman
Primary artistic media: Scrap-metal sculpture
On his creative side: I’ve always built things. I’ve always been artistic and played around with different things. I’ve always seen things that look like things that they’re not.
His beginnings in scrap metal sculpture: I started about four years ago, I just started assembling and creating sculptures. I made them as gifts for people — I started by building robots and ray guns.
Inspiration: I’ve always had an infatuation with robots, ray guns, science fiction and spaceships — mostly from the era of the ‘50s, ‘60s and a bit into the ‘70s.
Materials: Over 95 percent of it is recycled. It comes from scrap, everything is used. If it looks new, I probably got it from a garage sale. The only things I buy new are fasteners — nothing is welded; it’s only nuts and bolts holding it together. And, anything that’s lighted, I buy new wires, plugs, anything electric, I don’t want to burn anyone’s house down.
On his scrap metal collection: I’ve aquired a lot over the years. I like old things. You have to have thousands and thousands of pieces to create what you’re looking for. Everything is little and small, though a few pieces are larger.
Promoting and selling his work: I did Pullman Artwalk this last year — that was the first time I advertised my work. I sell what I make on my own, and there are a number of pieces at SAM’s Apothecary in Pullman.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: “A Different Kind of Junkyard” exhibit by Dave Coyle
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, now through Nov. 30; check with library for holiday hours
WHERE: Neill Public Library, Pullman