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Rustic Cityscape 1 – wall sculpture

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I found all the components for this cityscape wall sculpture, Rustic Cityscape 1, on the streets of Melbourne. It is the first in my Rusted Cityscape series – but continuation of the series depends on my finding more of the right sort of aged boards and rusted components. This work comes with a display stand, and will add a sense of history to a bookshelf or mantelpiece.

The name of this found object assemblage wall sculpture is Rustic Cityscape 1. It is 12x21cm and comes with a stand to display on bookshelf or desk. I created it from an aged dilapidated board with nails, a red tile, a rusted bent rod, and miscellaneous pieces of metal including a drill bit and screw driver head. I found all of these bits and bobs on the streets of Melbourne.

Exhibitions

This work has appeared previously in three exhibitions. In 2020 it featured in the group exhibition Rivers Run Free at the Dirty Dozen with artists from River Studios. In 2021, it was part of the Creativity Cluster exhibition From Then to Now at The Reimaginarium in Geelong as part of both Geelong and Melbourne Design Weeks. Finally, in 2022, it appeared in the exhibition A New Belonging, also at The Reimaginarium, that was part of both the National Sustainable Living Festival and Geelong Design Week. This work was purchased from The Reimaginarium, which specialises in reclaimed and repurposed products.

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.

The Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset, inspires many of my works. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’. A bent nail can suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal transforms into clouds. A broken tile can become 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. At the same time, I hope it reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.