City in the Round 2 – Found object assemblage wall sculpture


A fellow artist at River Studios offered me three decorator jar lids that he didn’t need; he wanted the jars (but not the lids) for his paintbrushes. Normally I only pick up trash from the streets for my artworks, but I said yes to save the lids from going into the bin and then landfill. This is the second in my series City in the Round. I loved the opportunity for change — to work in circles, rather than my normal squares and rectangles.

This cityscape wall sculpture is called City in the Round 2. I mounted this work on large wooden lid from a storage jar. Rectangular pieces of metal of various shapes and sizes form the ‘buildings’, which are set along an angular metal ‘street’, with a rusted sheet metal ‘cloud’ overhead. All these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

I am a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, creating 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 metal strip that suggests a meandering river, a sprocket washer that transforms into the sun, or a broken tile that 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.

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.