Along the Yarra 7 – Handmade wall sculpture


Along the Yarra 7 is part of an ongoing series, though I limit each series to 12 works as a maximum. Each is different, because each is totally dependent on whatever junk I’ve been finding on Melbourne’s streets. So this work not only pictures Melbourne through my imagination, but it is also made from Melbourne’s lost and discarded trash.

This small cityscape, a 10x10cm wall sculpture, is Along the Yarra 7. I mounted it on a yellow tile. It comprises a twisted rusted flat metal ‘river’, rectangular flat ‘buildings’ including several pen clips, and a metal slug ‘sun’. I found all the bits and pieces – including the tile – on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

My name is Nancy D Lane. I am a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer working under the name NancyDee Sculptures. I create wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches from the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I pick up off the streets. My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling.

Many of my works are inspired by the Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’. A bent nail may suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal may be transformed into a cloud. A broken tile may become a mountain.

My more abstract works are stimulated by the found objects themselves, which I often place in juxtaposition. At other times, I emphasise their rusted, scratched or variegated surfaces.

My hope is that my works will make you smile. At the same time, may they remind you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.