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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The world-famous Saint James Court Art Show is just around the corner and one local artist has found himself in the center of all the action.
One artist, born and bred in the Bluegrass, uses what industrial factories and companies have every day to create functional art.
Metal has been a part of Tony Viscardi's life for a couple of decades.
"I used to work in a factory and was there for ten years," said Viscardi. "Wasn't real happy with the hours I was working and I thought there was something more I had to offer."
The South End native says he's always had a creative touch.
"I used to do splatter paintings in my back yard, so that was my first little thing with art… It wasn't until I found aluminum that I really found something I was passionate about and loved."
One day, he decided to change the role that the factory setting and "precious metal" played in his life.
"I started making clocks in my garage, designers started picking them up. The next thing you know -- Bam! I was able to get out of the factory."
Those first clocks sparked some interest.
"Everybody went nuts on it and they were like "where can we get this stuff?""
With the help of a jigsaw, he began to piece the puzzle together.
"Sometimes it comes from sitting down doing tons of drawings, sometimes the designs come from grabbing stuff out of the scrap bin and going from that," Viscardi said.
With the flick of a wrist and the twist of a finger, Viscardi creates clocks, mirrors, lights, home decor and more, each with a personal touch.
"It's flashy, it's a little bit out there. Of course, like me," said Viscardi.
"You can't order it out of a catalog."
The same stuff that's used to make cans, aircraft parts and cover your leftovers now adorns homes across the world. It's also decorating Kentucky college campuses.
"The athletic director was out at one of my client's houses and saw my art and said man I would like to have something new and innovative and maybe something abstract down at U of L instead of stickers and things like that," said Viscardi.
Viscardi said one year later, back in 2010, they had a licensing deal with University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.
He said even with licensed college material, they can do certain things to make the metallic medium break the mold.
"We can take any piece and do different sanding techniques on it and make it look completely different ways."
With the high demand, this self-taught aluminum artist had to hire a helper. John Austin has been with him for almost two years. The two will now be at the Saint James Court Art Show for the ninth year in a row.
"After the very first year we jumped into center court," said Viscardi.
"The last two years, we have been the only artist from Louisville in center court, which is a nice."
Even after sharpening his skills to that level, he plans to stay on the grind.
"I am constantly striving to do stuff you've never seen," Viscardi said.
He hopes to continue to carve new paths in the world around him, and hopefully hire more employees in the future.