Nantucket Roadside Art


Matt Oates has been collecting weed whackers for awhile now, always with a plan.



Matt is known as the bird house guy. He’s built several hundred birdhouses from scrap wood, and put them up all over the island. You’ve probably passed his house and caught a glimpse of some of his earlier sculpture at 113 Hummock Pond Road.


In early January, he began his latest project, sculptures made from found objects, mostly from the landfill.


Matt began with the vacuum cleaner, and building upon that idea, a week or so later he had completed his exhibition. Why the vacuum cleaner? “Humans overwhelmed by nature are always trying to clean it up. Technology is empty and hollow, and nature will always bite us in the butt.”


Then some mosquitos.


No telling how long it will be up, so check it out if you haven’t been out that way in a while. More photos here.

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