Filmmaker Joey Bania takes viewers on a journey into the into the enchantingly outlandish world of artist and tinkerer Blair Somerville in his new documentary short ‘Lost and Found.’ Somerville’s universe is brimming with eccentric and fiendishly clever automata and ‘useless tools.’ Part part recyclable circus, part tchotchke laboratory, his gallery is a true pleasure to behold. Somerville is also an avid surfer and has a nice dog.
From the filmmaker:
In a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, tucked away among the last remaining tracts of native forest, lies a little-known place of wonder. It is the life’s work and extraordinary creation of inventor, artist and self-confessed tinkerer, Blair Somerville.
For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspire.
‘Lost & Found’ invites you to take a peek into Blair’s bizarre and beautiful world.
If this piques your interest, you might also be interested in the City Museum of St. Louis, a 14 story museum, bar, thrift store, and playground.