Ptolemy Elrington prides himself on the fact that every piece of his creations are made from recycled material, and almost exclusively from auto hubcaps. "Some of them have lights inside," he says, "and except for the light bulbs, everything is recycled, mostly from things I find in dumpsters."
He was inspired when while living in India for a year he saw the reuse of discarded materials as a matter of course. "I saw a great deal of poverty, people scratching a living out of anything. You see people rummaging around on a big pile of rubbish, getting little tiny pieces of wire out, melting the plastic and then selling the wire."
Upon returning to the England he started collecting hubcaps: "Hubcaps are aesthetic in purpose, but ultimately of very little use. They're automatically rubbish when on the side of the
road, but with a little effort and imagination I transform them into
something which gives people a great deal more pleasure."