Self-Taught Art

Melvin Thayer

Melvin "Pop" Thayer assembled discarded items to build whirligigs that he made for his own pleasure. An airboat heads into the wind causing its propeller to spin; there, a two-dimensional Wildlife Patrol officer points his gun toward the sky. Nearby, a Ferris wheel made from the spokes of a wheelchair stands next to a merry-go-round on which a Felliniesque party is in progress. Cars, trains and planes join in to have made his front yard along a country road seem like a passing dream.