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Jakarta Post

Used spare parts turn into pretty handicrafts

Fri, October 6, 2017   /   05:47 pm
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    A pile of used chain which will be used as the main materials for the handicraft. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Agung assembles the basic design of Gunungan (shadow puppet conical), which symbolizes human life. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Agung welds a Gunungan (shadow puppet conical) from used parts. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Agung welds a sea horse sculpture. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    The painting process. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    The silhouette of a craftman completing the puppets making. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Agung holds a puppet made of used parts to be Sun dried. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

Used automotive spare parts could be turned into sculptures in the hand of Agung Budiyanto, a 39-year-old villager of Plupuh in Sragen regency, Central Java. Through his innovation and creativity, he could create wayang (puppet) characters of Bima, Arjuna and Srikandi, among others, with little details.

Agung has started to make puppets from used spare parts since 2013. He saw the piling parts and started to sort and clean them. After working at his workshop, he then designed the characters, chose the materials, mold them and paint them.

He needed between 10 and 15 days to complete making a one-meter puppet.

Agung preferred creating those characters because of his love to their wayang since his childhood. He also wanted to preserve parts of Indonesia’s culture, as told by his parents.

So far, he has only marketed his sculptures in Central Java cities of Semarang, Salatiga and Surakarta. Each is priced from Rp 5 million (US$373) to Rp 20 million, depending on the level of difficulty and the size. His customers are usually from arts galleries and his sculptures will be put on display for the public.[yan]