ARTIST Eamon O'Toole has always had an obsession with making things.
"From when I was a kid I was making stuff, whether it was cubby houses, billy carts and all sorts of stuff," he said.
O'Toole remember building a billy cart that carried six people and — with his mates — dragging it up the top of a steep hill.
"The idea was to go down the hill," he said. "We almost made it to the bottom and there was a horrendous crash. I still have scars from it."
His obsession for making led O'Toole to pursue a career in the arts. Years later and he is known in the arts world for using various materials and heat-moulded plastic to replicate life-sized cars, motorcycles, tools and a Formula 1 race car.
O'Toole said it was in his final year of art school that his artistic signature developed. He owned a Suzuki PE175 dirt bike which was strewn across his garage while undergoing repairs.
He had been developing a space junk sculpture from polyvinyl chloride plastic and he then thought to heat a thinner role of plastic and place it over the motorbike's engine.
"I had this plastic that had been thrown out by someone," O'Toole said. "I got some shapes off the motorbike that I had then I found some other shapes. Then I remember getting some house paint and slopping it on one side. Waited for it to dry and then I got a Texta out and started to draw in the detail."
O'Toole's art is on display an the Big Boys Toys exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre until November 16.
■ Details: 9839 6558 or artscentre.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.