- Associated Press - Monday, July 28, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Texas (AP) - 8.72 - The number of miles in aluminum foil Bloomington resident Javier Gallegos has used throughout the course of 21 years.

Gallegos, 29, maintains a hobby of hand-sculpting aluminum foil figurines based on his imagination and characters from historical and popular literature and television and film.

During the day, he works as a security guard for Securitas Security Services at the Port of Victoria.

Gallegos has always had a knack for making things - first out of string, and later, he worked with clay and ceramics.

“My mother gave me foil to see what I can do,” he told The Victoria Advocate (http://bit.ly/1nWgf9n). “It’s a unique medium.”

Joe Frank Gallegos, Gallegos’ father, said his son has always been talented.

“Javier can see something and literally just see it, and within a couple of minutes, he has a shape. And in a couple of more minutes, it’d have more shape,” he said.

His son’s talents sometimes left the kitchen without that shiny, thin roll of metal.

“Once too many times,” his father said about the kitchen supply being depleted. “We now get him the commercial-grade of foil.”

His father said he has several pieces from his son that are signed and sees him as a “star fixin’ to break out.”

The support of his parents has led to Gallegos creating popular fictional characters and objects. His choices are based on whatever comes to his mind and whatever he is doing in that moment.

Some works can be done in minutes and hours while others could take weeks and months.

There is Red Bull, a character from “The Last Unicorn,” a fantasy novel published in 1968 and later adapted for film, television and theater. He also has creations like three-legged fighting machines, aka Tripods from “The War of the Worlds,” a science fiction novel published in 1898 and later adapted for radio, television, film, stage, music, games and comic books.

There’s No-Face, a character from “Spirited Away,” an Academy Award-winning Japanese animated film released in 2001. There’s a Dalek, one of a race of characters featured in science fiction television show “Doctor Who.”

These are the inspirations for Gallegos’ aluminum foil works, works in progress and works started and suspended.

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