City on the Salt Flats – Found object assemblage sculpture


When I first moved to Australia, I had the opportunity to visit Lake Eyre and Lake Torrens, and was able to see salt flats close up. This cityscape, City on the Salt Flats, imagines the fate of some of Australia’s cities if we don’t take climate change seriously and work towards zero emissions.

This small 13x16x6cm freestanding cityscape sculpture is called City on the Salt Flats. The base is a black gridded piece of rubber. The only other materials are screws and a ceramic tile with cement stuck to back. I found all of these components on the streets of Melbourne on my daily walks

What inspires me

I am a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer. My artworks include wall sculptures, 3D sculptures, brooches and magnets. I mostly limit my ‘raw materials’ to the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I gather from streets and skips. However, I also use natural materials that I find at parks and beaches.

The Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset, inspires many of my works. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’. A bent nail suggests a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal transforms into a cloud. A broken tile becomes a mountain. In this case, congealed cement on the back of a tile became a salt flats.

My more abstract works are stimulated by the found objects themselves. I often place these 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. At the same time, may it remind you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.

Weight 0.4 kg