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Westlake man finds artistic inspiration in the Rust Belt.

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Hunks of rusted metal inspired Mark Thomas to launch his first solo art show, Ballast, now on display at Up Periscope. The 12-piece exhibit features aging steel, brass, and copper in various stages of corrosion. "The chemical change — from being polished and shiny, breaking down over time, and turning dull and brittle — makes the metal more interesting," he says. "The random shapes of colors, textures, and patterns take on a color field. It's almost nature's way of abstract painting." Thomas uses blue, red, and yellow enamel paints to create the pieces, which sell for between $50 and $200, depending on size. "It could fit in a sunroom or a living room," says Thomas. "You could also put it in your bathroom to stare at."
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