John Duffy 11-29-70 jump

legeza_kasha Member Photo

Clipped by legeza_kasha

John Duffy 11-29-70 jump - 14-A-No.iMt RESEDA SCULPTOR WELDS TALENT WITH...
14-A-No.iMt RESEDA SCULPTOR WELDS TALENT WITH NUTS, BOLTS £ Continued from Pace One been instrumental in a new national interest in metal sculpture. "We're cleaning up junk sculpture," he said, adding that metalwork is increasingly popular in Southern California. After a modest beginning in smaller quarters last year, Duffy's studio now has its young employ- es working two shifts to turn out copies of metal pieces. 'Most of the workers are students majoring in art, and Duffy and Askin do not care where they came from or how long their hair may be. Used as Gifts "We feel that there is a tremendous market, both here and in Europe, for handmade crafted items," Askin said. Duffy, who just opened a studio in Amsterdam, Holland, and ·will spend another six months in Europe, is now designing new nuts-and- bolts sculptures and plans to market wall pieces in addition. Duffy, a Guggenheim fellow who studied art at Arizona State University, is a native Southern Californian whose policeman ARMY Pfc. Brent A. Hayton, o f Thousand Oaks, is reported killed by booby trap in Vietnam action. Vietnam War Action Kills Brent Hayton Army Pfc. Brent A. ^ Hayton 19, son of Mrs. Ir* ene Thomason, 138 Prentiss St., Thousand Oaks, was killed in action in V i e t n am last Sunday, Xov. 22, the Defense Department today had announced. The young soldier, a member of the First Infantry Division, encountered a booby trap while on patrol duty. He enlisted in the sen-ice eight months ago and was sent to Vietnam in August Active in Church Pfc. Hayton was a 1969 June graduate of Thousand Oaks High School. He participated a bit in football and other sports, but working at Giacopuzzi Dairy after school and on -week ends prevented him from taking part in roany extracurricular school affair. He ivas active in the First Christian Church. Following his graduation he worked as a longshoreman for the Pacific Maritime Association in W a s h i n gton state for eight months. He went into the service while in San Antonio. Tex., and received his basic training at Ft Lewis. Wash. List Survivors Pfc. Hayton i survived by his mother, hi* father Ralph E. Hayton of Smn .\nlonio: two brother?. Bruce 17 and Brian 1-3 of Thousand Oaks: a sister .Mi.--. Barbara Kobinon 2-3. of El Paso. Tex.: and his grandparent?, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Redpath of We?t Palm Beach, Fla. The immediate family have been residents of Thousand Oaks since November 1962. father was killed in the line of duty. Duffy began working with junk in 1957. He sold auto parts at the time, and began making nut-and- bolt sculptures to give to his customers as Christmas gifts. The main attributes of his figures are humor and cleverness, Askin said. All ·m ^ Duffy creations are handmade, even though Duffy himself obviously does not construct each elaborate piece. Exhibit Planned The students work from original models, and because each sculpture is handmade each one is a little different. All Duffy's "people," however, have the characteristic two- washer eyeglasses and winsome metal smile. One of Duffy's most ambitious works is a saloon, complete with bar, tables, piano and 36 metal people -- all made from nails, nuts, bolts, spark plugs and scrap metal. The saloon, worth several thousand dollars, will be displayed during the C h r i s t i n a s season at Bush's Stationers in Reseda. Despite the novelty and humor elements in Duffy's work, more and more people recognize it as genuine art. Askin noted that a Duffy original is a significant part of the permanent collection of the new Osborn Foundation International Museum in Tulsa, Okla. And several days ago the award-winning German documentary photographer Manfred R. Lating shot a "Magazine of the Air" film on Duffy and his creative talents, to be shown next month on the Cologne, Germany television network WDR. Owned by Notables In addition to his airplanes, cars and assorted figures, Duffy has done serious work, including a sculpture of an astronaut stepping onto the moon from a ladder embedded in a history book. This sculpture is solid metal -- no nuts and bolts -- and is now in" the White House's permanent art collection. Askin said one of the reasons for Duffy's current European trip is to get more ideas for serious pieces. D u f f y ' s commercial works are supplemented by many limited editions and one-of-a-kind pieces. He has made special sculptures for entertainer Dean Martin and baseball star Brooks Robinson, and other owners of Duffy Creations are Gov. Ronald Reagan. Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason. "John Duffy. Master J u n k s m i th" employes seem to enjoy fashioning works of art from unartis- tic objects. A tj-pical piece is Duffy's aviator, who flies a biplane with scrap sheet metal for wings and nails for struts. The pilot is. of course, made of nuts and bolts, with the ubiquitous oil can for a helmet. Askin said he and Duffy ·were probably about the only people in the area ·who worried about the recent strike-induced shortage of oil cans. But they are in good supply again. and back on the heads of Duffy's fliers and cyclists. Gaines Popularity With all its activity. Duffy's studio has proved to be a popular tour attraction for youth and Scout groups. Askin in- vifles interested organizations to contact him in writing before arrangements are made, at this address: John Duffy, P. 0. Box 122, CalabasasJCaL Askin said the studio's work lias benefited many more people than simply those who have purchased or been given Duffy creation?. "I think we're doing ,-omething for the ail field ari'3 the community, a, ivc-11 as helping the art {student*,"" he stated. If Duffy's sculptures continue to gain :n popu- l a r i t y , t h e V i l l a g e Junksmith may soon become an American institution. APOLLO moon landing is commemorated in metal sculpture displayed by its creator John Duffy. Piece depicts astronaut stepping out of pages history book onto moon. Duffy's sculpture is White House in Washington, D.C. STEPHEN ASKIN, managing director of sculptor John Duffy's Reseda studio, shows two Duffy creations. At left is "Super Snoopy" and biplane, part of Duffy's Air Fleet; at right are director cameraman. Both are limited editions made from nuts, bolts, springs, nails, scrap metal and oil Figure at right is used on station breaks by TV. The News Photos Action Due on City Lease for Jessup Archery Area Continued from Page One the title of the 14.52 acres of the remaining park to the city. But, this will not be the case for the archery range, according to officials. An officer in the real estate management department explained that the archery range, which includes about 9.5 acres, will be leased for five years, provided the Board approves the proposal. The range will be leased rather than transferred because it i? part of the land earmarked for airport expansion. Shrinks Park When the county transferred the 14.52 acres to the city, man}- residents and groups in the ai'ea complained for various reasons. One of the main criticisms involved the shrinkage of the park site. However, the county official explained that nego- tiations are now being conducted between the county and state for about J.93 acres in Sylmar which would be developed into regional park. · · The state-owned land is located near the intersection of Hubbard and Eldridge Sts. Reveals Hope According to the official, a regional park is normally left in a natural state with few structures, such as picnic tables and sanitary facilities. Regional parks are designed, he said, to provide such atmosphere for individuals from many communities. Therefore, officials hope that the state- owned land will replace Jessup park as a regional attraction. Also, under the provisions of the land transfer to the city for the remaining park, the city can the land onl\- "for recreation use. TER BOY SELECTED Seven-year-old Scotty Frodich of Xorwalk, outpatient at Orthopaedic Hospital has been named Dist Ally. Evelte J. Younger to serve as 1971 Angeles County Mardi of Dimes poster boy. Television and parade appearances will be among Jy's duties. Younger is campaign chairman.

Clipped from
  1. Valley News,
  2. 29 Nov 1970, Sun,
  3. Page 14

legeza_kasha Member Photo

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in