Art: The Beauty of Junk

Any Greenwich Villager who spots a discarded sewing machine, old drainpipe, truck fender or pile of angle irons these days knows just where to take it; to the cold-water flat of Sculptor-Welder Richard Stankiewicz, 34, who with little more than an acetylene torch, a welder's tools and his own vivid imagination turns junk into sculpture. Says he: "I take material that is already degenerating, flaking and rusting and then try to make something beautiful out of it. It should hit people over the head and make them ask, 'What is beauty?' "

Sculptor Stankiewicz came by his love for junk naturally. He...

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