City on the Hill 2 – Wall sculpture


The ‘hill’ on the left of this small wall sculpture, City on the Hill 2, is one of the best pieces of rusted metal I’ve ever found. I can even imagine its geological history, with its various striations, layers and shiny bits. Definitely a hill worthy of the name in this miniature artwork!

This small 7x13x2cm cityscape wall sculpture, mounted on a white Spanish tile, is called City on the Hill 2.  I’ve used a beautifully rusted piece of metal as the ‘hill’, small rectangular pieces of metal to form the ‘buildings’, and a stud as the ‘sun’. 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, art magnets 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 suggests a meandering river, rusted sheet metal transforms into a cloud, or a broken tile becomes a mountain. In this case, a rusted and crushed piece of metal becomes a ‘hill’.

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.