Iron Artist
Image: Evan Pilchik

Thomas Boe (left) and Ben Trask take time out to paint Iron Artist judge Frank Etxaniz’s car during the third annual Iron Artist competition.

The School & Community Reuse Action Project (SCRAP), a North Portland-based nonprofit that advocates environmental responsibility through the creative reuse of goods like secondhand fabrics and office supplies, kicked off its third annual Iron Artist competition on September 12. The whimsical contest featured eight teams who had just three hours to transform a pile of discarded materials such as bicycle and computer parts into a creation that represented this year’s theme: alchemy. The scrambling sculptors also engineered plenty of good will, as the event’s proceeds benefited SCRAP.

Pictured above: Thomas Boe (left) and Ben Trask take time out to paint Iron Artist judge Frank Etxaniz’s car during the third annual Iron Artist competition.

Pictured right: Amy Jorgensen (from left), Bobbie Koch, and Carly Boyton from team Pollin8ors put the finishing touches on their creation. The busy bees later took the first-place prize: the Cup du Scrap, a gold-painted trash can adorned with Mardi Gras beads.