Come see “Junk” at the Thinkery

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"Junk" uses all kinds of found objects to create the town.

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.

Artist Zach Dorn has created a smaller project like "Junk" at the children's museum in Pittsburgh become creating this exhibit at the Thinkery.

Artist Zach Dorn has created a smaller project like “Junk” at the children’s museum in Pittsburgh become creating this exhibit at the Thinkery.

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.

Skyscrapers made out of cardboard are the base of "Junk."

Skyscrapers made out of cardboard are the base of “Junk.”

"Junk" uses all kinds of found objects to create the town.

“Junk” uses all kinds of found objects to create the town.

 

 

"Junk" uses upcycled items like boxes and parts of cabinets to create a town at "The Thinkery."

“Junk” uses upcycled items like boxes and parts of cabinets to create a town at “The Thinkery.”

You can make your own shadow puppets and then crawl into "Junk" to make a show.

You can make your own shadow puppets and then crawl into “Junk” to make a show.


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