Angry and Dangerous Bird – Handmade wall sculpture


I made this wall sculpture when the Angry Birds computer game was going strong. However, this bird was not only angry, but also dangerous. That’s because it incorporated all those things you tell young children to handle carefully, or indeed, not to touch: scissors, rusted nails, corroded battery, razor blade, needle and pin. However, it’s now glued down quite safely.  A unique addition to your mantelpiece, or bookshelf – or perhaps the workbench in your garage or shed.

This found object assemblage wall sculpture is called Angry and Dangerous Bird. It is 7x20x3cm and comes with a stand. I kept finding more dangerous trash on the ground – broken scissors, corroded batteries, pins, razor blades and rusty nails.

This 7x20x2cm wall sculpture is called Angry and Dangerous Bird. Materials include some non-dangerous items: a trapezoid cement tile and washers. However, they also include some dangerous things that I picked up very carefully from the streets of Luang Prabang, Laos: scissors, rusted nails, corroded battery, razor blade, needle and pin.  With them, I created an angry – though hopefully not too dangerous – bird. Later, when I returned to Melbourne, I mounted it on a white tile.


In 2021, this work was included in a non-fungible token, along with many other bird images, and auctioned by the non-profit organisation, Birds for Sofia. The funds raised support children who need major operations but whose families are too poor to pay. In 2022, this work was featured in a small exhibition at the North Melbourne Library, which supported my major exhibition In the Drawer: The Silver Lining at the City Library.

My inspiration

Working as a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, I create wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches. I limit my ‘raw materials’ to the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I gather from streets and skips.

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 can suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal transforms into a cloud. A broken tile becomes 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.

Sustainable art

My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling. My hope is that this artwork makes you smile. At the same time, may it remind you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.