Blind artist has a great vision for sculptures
Blind artist has a great vision for sculptures

CROOKSVILLE – Rick Crooks of Crooksville lost his eyesight in a pistol accident when he was just 16, but he never lost his vision for the world around him.

Since 2000, he has been creating sculptures out of metal scraps he finds at flea markets and auctions.

“A lot of times I go to auction or a flea market and buy just a bucket or a box of stuff,” he said. “Sometimes I know what I’m looking for, I’m looking for one particular thing, but a lot of times you just buy a junk box or a box and go through it and decide what you’re going to make out of what you ended up with.”

The scraps typically turn into heads and limbs for his sculptures.