City of Gold 5: Mountain High – Wall sculpture


This is the fifth in my Cities of Gold series, and the largest to date. There aren’t that many gold-coloured cylindrical pieces of metal on the streets, hence it’s taken rather a long time to find enough. Even though I’ve used a very limited colour palette, I love the contrast of the gold against the grey textured pieces of granite.


This 26x36cm wall sculpture is called City of Gold 5: Mountain High. It comes ready to hang. It’s part of a series, and this is the largest work in the series to date.

I created it from pieces of tile and granite, gold-coloured cylindrical metal, shattered glass screen, and a gold circle. It is mounted on a grey patterned rectangular ceramic, then on an oven tray. All of these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

Exhibiting as a found object assemblage artist

I work as 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.

This work was featured as part of the CoLab Arts in the Park exhibition at the Pavilion in Fitzroy Gardens in July 2021. Later it was featured online by Painted Turtle Galleries, London.

My inspiration

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 can transform 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.

Focus on sustainability

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, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.