City of Gold 7: Under a Diamond Moon – Miniature wall sculpture


I have no idea what all these gold-coloured bits and bobs were or how they functioned before I found them on the streets of Melbourne. Together, they eventually became the ‘buildings’ in a miniature ‘city’. But as soon as I spotted the faux diamond, I knew it would become a ‘moon’!

This small 6x12x6cm freestanding cityscape wall sculpture is called City of Gold 7: Under a Diamond Moon. It is the 7th in my Cities of Gold series, which I have been working on for several years, and which I will limit to 12 in total.

I mounted this wall sculpture on a grey ceramic tile, which I then adhered to a hardwood block. A gold-coloured chain became a ‘river’, and gold-coloured cylinders of various sorts were the ‘buildings’. The large faux diamond ‘moon’ shines down. All these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

This work was on exhibition in October 2022 at PlayStateCurate in Newcastle, NSW, as part of the Little Festival. It was later sold at Incube8r Gallery in Melbourne Central.

What inspires me

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 nail that suggests a meandering river, rusted sheet metal that transforms into a cloud, 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.

Strong interest in sustainability

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 0.4 kg