River City 1 – Found object assemblage wall sculpture


When I found a bent and twisted, rusty strip of metal on the street, I could tell it was destined to become a ‘river’.  And what better way to emphasise the rust than to mount it on a burnt sienna coloured Italian tile, also found on the street, of course. Add some cylindrical metal ‘buildings’ and a metal slug for the ‘sun’, and voila! River City.

This found object assemblage wall sculpture is called River City 1. It is 10x10cm in size and comes with a stand for display on a mantelpiece or bookshelf.

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.