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Joshua Mantyla Paper Clip Art Exhibit November/December 2006

Most people use paper clips as a simple and quick way to hold papers together. Well, artist Joshua Mantyla has found another use for them. He creates paper clip sculptures! Yes, that's right -sculptures from a small motorcyle with rotating wheels to a 3-foot mouse - all made from paper clips.

The first piece of paper clip art made by Joshua was a flower for a girlfriend. Next he began twisting up flowers for all his co-workers. Then a friend challenged him to make something bigger. The friendly challenge resulted in a paper clip dog sculpture. The friend was impressed and Joshua's experimentation with creating paper clip sculptures just kept growing. Joshua has no formal art training. The closest "artistic" experience he can think of is taking four years of high school shop. When it comes to creating his paper clip art, Joshua states all he does is "first see with my eyes, then I try to see the object with my mind's eye.

Joshua's paper clip art will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library November/December 2006. Come in and see this unique art form. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
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The big mouse took Joshua 3,000 total hours to complete.


That's a cool way to use paperclips, similar to on MASH where Pierce uses tongue depressers to make a sculpture.

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