A 16-foot mosaic portrait of Boston Celtics player Kelly Olynyk looks out from a chain-link fence at a basketball court in Kamloops, British Columbia, where the NBA sharpshooter grew up.
Artist Bill Frymire used a unique medium to create his latest masterpiece: Fashioning the face and long hair of the 7-foot-tall forward famous for his 3-point shot accuracy out of scraps of vinyl siding from local construction sites.
Three years ago, Frymire made headlines when he used pieces of high density polyethylene from 1 gallon milk jugs for a mosaic of iconic Canadian runner Terry Fox. However, he fears that tribute may be “nearing the end of its life” because the HDPE hasn't held up so well under the sun.
After receiving a sustainability grant from Thompson Rovers University (TRU), where the basketball court is located and where Olynyk's father, Ken, is director of athletics, Frymire decided to go with vinyl siding this time. The plastic building material is known for its durability, resilience against ultraviolet light and the elements, and a wide array of color options. He also liked the idea that he would reuse something headed for a landfill.