Sunburnt City 1 – Cityscape wall sculpture


Yes – despite our long, cold, seemingly endless winter in Melbourne, summer will come. Bring it on early with Sunburnt City 1, wall sculpture made from an Italian tile and pieces of rusted metal, all found on Melbourne’s streets on my daily walks, despite the temperature!

This 10x10cm wall sculpture is called Sunburnt City 1. It comes with a stand, and can be set on a bookshelf or desk, or even in a workshop.

I created it from an Italian terra cotta tile, a bent rusted wire ‘river’, rectangular rusted pieces of metal ‘buildings’, and a flat metal ripply-edged ‘sun’. All of these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

I work as a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, creating 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 may suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal can transform into a cloud. 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.

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, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.