Pilato Bulala’s impressive inventions out of scrap metal are a wonder to behold. He creates beautiful sculptures made from the scrap material.
Hailing from the village of Tshivhuyuni in Limpopo, Bulala has established a reputation for his creativity despite his limited resources and visual impairment.
The maroon bakkie in his yard bears his motto – 'Never Give Up'.
Bulala was inspired to convert scrap to art by the wire cars he used to play with as a young boy. He later embarked on his career using recycled metal and cables to make art – without any electricity or power tools.
Unfortunately in 2010, Bulala damaged his left eye while collecting firewood but he refused to let the accident set him back.
“Nothing will stop me. Not even losing sight.”
With the support of sponsors, he’s since attended workshops on welding and jewellery-making. He has made earrings from cans and life-sized sculptures of cars.
Bulala’s pieces range from depictions of rural life to South African politics. He has even recreated the iconic figure of Hector Pieterson lying in a fellow student’s arms, using bolts, wire and bits of metal.
Today, his work is a prominent feature of the Ribola Art Route.
"Dreaming big keeps me going."
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