Balancing Act 1 – Small wall sculpture


Once I knew these were tyre balancing weights, I was surprised at how many I found in the street. I started playing around with them on a piece of old laminate that I also found in the street. I called it Balancing Act 1 (pun definitely intented). It can be displayed either horizontally or vertically. Horizontal it looks like buildings, vertical it looks like a xylophone to me! This was the first in a series I’ve made using tyre balancing weights.

This is a small 13x8cm wall sculpture called Balancing Act 1. I made it in December 2016 from tyre balance weights and a piece of laminate that I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. It comes with a stand, and can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.

Although I created some representational works in 2016 and 2017, the majority were more abstract or geometrical. They often juxtaposed different types of found objects, such as nuts and bobby pins, or cream chargers and hair clips.

My palette during this time was essentially silver-coloured, rust-coloured, wood grain and black. I was fascinated with the subtle range of variations in scratches, patina and sheen of the objects I found. Many of the metal pieces had turned a fine shade of rust from months or years on the street before I ‘rescued’ them.

This artwork was exhibited in ‘Grand Designs’ at the North and West Melbourne Spring Fling in October 2018 and in ‘Diminutive’ at The Old Auction House Gallery, Kyneton, in July 2019.

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

Weight 0.45 kg