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The found-object sculptures of "Mister Pauper," the nom du art of American Fork artist Jake Buntjer, is fascinating and bizarre and so is his booth near the City Library at the Utah Arts Festival.
Buntjer goes everywhere for objects: "Yard sales, thrift stores, open fields anywhere and everywhere." The objects dictate how they will be used. "I always just find objects that just feel right," he said.
One of his most impressive creations is the entrance to his booth a large proscenium arch with red velvet curtains which he built especially for this festival. It looks like something Pinocchio went through on his way to Pleasure Island.
"I love the aspect of a traveling show," Buntjer said, "something that isn't permanent and goes place to place."