Torpedo Factory Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Sculptor Ehle recycles trash into works of art

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jackie Ehle working on Les Bon Temps Lion outside The Morrison House

Jacqueline "Jackie" Ehle, a Torpedo Factory artist, spins trash into treasure. "I enjoy creating from things discarded, experimenting with trash, and traditional materials, to create sculpture that delights all who see it," Ehle explains. Her whimsical sculptures have been featured on television, displayed in public spaces, museums and hotels and are in the private collections of Wynton Marsalis, Mary Tyler Moore and more.

Ehle finds inspiration everywhere: "Strolling along a street, a rusty washer winks at me from the sidewalk, and later, I bring it to life as the eye of a hound, perhaps by sewing a broken light socket at its center." New Orleans, where she was born, plays into several of her pieces: Les Bon Temps Lion (left), Jazzman and Katrina Skull (below).

If I Had A Hammer Mouse

She's recently started to increase the size of her sculptures and enjoys working on them in public spaces, giving her the chance to talk with people and answer their questions. To view more of Ehle's work, go to her website

Katrina Skull     Spot the Junkyard Dog

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