AN ARTIST who upcycles his work from scrap parts has just completed his own modern take of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man – for the second time.

Geoff Latz, 56, of Eccleshill, made his own recycled version of the 15th-century masterpiece in 2013, from waste copper wire, bronze and steel pins and a base of reclaimed wood he found at work.

Three years later, he has now produced a second version and is looking for a public space where it can be shown.

His other works of art have included a 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 a moving sculpture of the Old Testament’s Joseph.

Earlier this year he commemorated the First World War in a personal project, which went on a tour of the district.

He used copper wire to make soldiers, and used stones, twigs, sand, metal and handles from jute shopping bags to make sandbags in the poignant piece depicting a trench scene from the Battle of Verdun in France, that went on show at Bradford Local Studies Library.

Verdun was the longest single battle of World War One, fought between the French and German armies from February 21 to December 18, 1916, and nicknamed The Meat Grinder because it was so bloody, ending in huge casualties and deaths.

Mr Latz’s grandfather, Benno Ernst Latz, who he never knew, was a doctor in the trenches on the German side and had a sanatorium in Berlin but, being Jewish, fled the Nazis around 1936-38 to start a new life in America – opening a practice in New York’s Wall Street. Mr Latz’s father fled to England as a refugee at around the same time.

After being on display at the Local Studies Library, in the old Central Library building, the Battle of Verdun went on to be exhibited at Bradford’s City Library, in City Park, and then Keighley Local Studies Library. It will be on display at Ilkley Library from Friday, January 6.

Father-of-two Mr Latz began his art career six years ago but his passion for art started young – as a boy he was nicknamed The Professor due to his love for inventing.

“After Ilkley, it’s probably moving to Menston and Burley libraries,” said Mr Latz, who has a busy 2017 lined up.

He has just completed a tribute portrait of Yorkshire millionaire businessman and benefactor Jimi Heselden, who fell from a cliff last year while riding his Segway, and he is hoping to put on an exhibition of other work.

Plans are also being made to work alongside charity Help for Heroes.