Sketched May 20, 2014
Hoarders like me always have an excuse to avoid spring cleaning. Why not make something out of all that junk in the garage instead of throwing it away?
Vacuum repairman Will Flannery proves my point. He recycles old parts from machines he can’t fix and turns them into art. While he worked at the Vac Shop in Georgetown years ago, he created eye-catching works still on display outside the shop. You can’t drive along 4th Avenue South without noticing the uncanny Groucho Marx or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer — all made out of unusable vacuums people dropped off or traded in.
I tracked down Flannery at Vac Master, the shop he now runs in Bothell. You’ll recognize it by his biggest vac sculpture to date: a friendly 9 nine-foot robot with a dog on a leash.
Flannery’s whimsical creations are so unique, I don’t think they’d be out of place in an art gallery. But he seemed skeptical of my feedback.
“If I had more time, it’d be fun to make more so people can enjoy them” he said. Now, “it’s just a hobby.”