Friday morning I spent some time exploring, “Junk,” the new Thinkery exhibit in which artist Zach Dorn has created a whole town out of recycled objects.
Old suitcases, radios and thermoses turn into buildings. Buttons become windows, corks become cars and more.
The exhibit opens Saturday with a special puppet show by Dorn.
The great thing about “Junk” is you get to make some “Junk” of your own. You can build your own building, car and more to add to the town. Already, exhibit testers had make a miniature Thinkery and a pretty elaborate condo building.
You also can make a shadow puppet to show at “Junk”s drive-in theater. And there’s a special scavenger hunt to find different objects — a cassette tape, a golf ball, a construction hat — inside junk.
The beauty of “Junk” will be that it will be constantly changing as more visitor creations get added. And you can be inspired to make your own “Junk” at home.
Head to “Junk,” $9. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org.