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David Calfo Brings Salvage Art to the Steel City Big Pour

Lawrenceville salvage artist and master carpenter David Calfo is becoming well known for turning one person’s trash into another’s treasure – and he recently showed his stuff live in front of an audience at the sold-out Steel City Big Pour main event at Construction Junction. Workers at Construction Junction collected pieces of scrap metal for weeks, which Calfo transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces that are still on display on-site.

“I’m pretty much going into the project blind – I don’t really know how much of what kind of materials I’ll have to work with.  To be honest, I’m excited for the challenge,” Calfo said before the event. “Construction Junction is all about conservation and community, and that’s a message that I try to preach through my art. They do great work, and I’m honored they invited me to the Big Pour to show what I can do.”

In the end, David created four pieces out of salvage -- all while an enthusiastic crowd looked on. Even while it was raining, Calfo kept his blow torch going. This is what his efforts translated to:

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The Big Pour live event comes on the heels of the Crest Hardware Art Show in Brooklyn, which showcased eight pieces of Calfo’s work during the month-long event. As the only Pittsburgh artist invited to the show, Calfo represented the Steel City with art made entirely from locally salvaged materials. Earlier this summer, Calfo created an interactive piece for the Three Rivers ArtsFest that was a big hit with the crowd. He’s been invited back to all three shows next year (the Steel City Big Pour included).

“So much of what people throw away is actually completely usable, it might just be best used to serve a different purpose,” Calfo said. “I’ve turned discarded railroad spikes into gorgeous coffee tables and dancing figurines. It’s amazing what you can come up with when your first thought isn’t to throw the stuff away.”