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Artist Geoff Latz reveals debut solo show
A Bradford artist who builds his work from scrap parts has landed his first solo exhibition.
Geoff Latz, 54, will be showing up to 15 pieces including his latest creation – his recycled version of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.
The modern take on the 15th century masterpiece is made up of waste copper wire, bronze and steel pins and a base of reclaimed wood he found at work.
It will be joined by Geoff's scrap galleon, which took him 1,000 hours to make from copper sheet and plumber's tubing, his Tree Of Life, which creates light and mist, and his moving sculpture of the Old Testament's Joseph.
The exhibition, at Leeds Industrial Museum from Saturday, October 5 to October 13, is a major step for Geoff, who began his art career five years ago.
He said: "It's fantastic to get this break, I'm putting a lot of work in.
"I've just finished my Vitruvian Man and it's quite different to the original.
"Da Vinci was 500 years ahead of his time. He wasn't from a rich family and he broke the conventions of the day. He was a bit of an underdog."
The second youngest child in a family of 13, Geoff, of Garton Drive, Eccleshill, was nicknamed The Professor as a boy due to his love for inventing.
He typically uses motors and lights to bring his works alive. He said: "I love to see people's reaction when they see my work, whether they like it or not. I love it when they say 'what the heck is that all about?' or 'is this guy nuts?'.
"I have to make things. Put me in a desert and I'd be creating things from the rocks."
Trained as a semi-skilled engineer, the father-of-two works for Chesapeake packaging in Bradford.