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Another man’s trash is Scrapdaddy’s towering treasure

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Houston is known for its annual Art Car Parade. But most years, one local artist literally towers over the rest.

Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford creates whimsy on wheels: road-worthy sculptures – some of which are 20 or 25 feet tall.

For a quarter century, he's been building bombastic art cars out of scrap metal that's been cast off by Houston's industrial titans.

What drives Scrapdaddy's fascination with pistons and gasoline? It may go all the way back to his childhood, and one particular curiosity he ultimately failed to satisfy.

"My great-grandfather, he invented these Hendrix drag line buckets," said Scrapdaddy. "They were these big, massive machines. Growing up, there was this big steel plant in Mansfield, Louisiana. I always visualized what it took to make these things but I never was able to go inside and see them melting the metal and everything."

View the video to see Scrapdaddy's art in a way you've never seen it before.

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