City Shadows – Cityscape wall sculpture


This was a strange board – with a hole incised. My German artist friend Julia Zoellner painted a cityscape of blue shadows against a sunset – or perhaps a sunrise – and returned it to me. I then glued more buildings in the foreground, and a piece of wire circling the ‘sun’. A strange artwork, perhaps, but great fun to make with a good friend.

The name of this found object assemblage wall sculpture is City Shadows. It is 14x34cm in size and comes with a display stand. I created it on a piece of board that my  German artist friend, Julia Zoellner, had painted in acrylics. She then handed it over to me, and I glued rectangular pieces of metal as ‘buildings’. I found all these bits and bobs on the streets of Melbourne.

This work has appeared in five exhibitions in Victoria. In 2018, it was in a joint exhibition that Julia and I held at the Guild Assembly Point in South Melbourne. Later it appeared in four Creativity Cluster exhibitions. These were in 2019 at the Renew Geelong Concept Space and in the window gallery at the Library at the Dock in Docklands, in 2023 at the FOUND:ling Reusery in Geelong as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, and in 2024 at he FOUND:ling Reusery in Colac as part of the National sustainability Festival.

My Inspiration

Working as a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, I create 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 can suggest a meandering river, rusted sheet metal transforms into a cloud, or 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.

Sustainable art

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.