When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain 2 – Miniature landscape wall sculpture


I can still remember the scratchy vinyl my Mom played of Kate Smith singing When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain. It was first recorded in 1931, when my Mom was still a youngster, but it must have made a big impression on her. It must have made a big impression on me as well, for as soon as I saw this squished can and the clear glass circle, I knew what this work would be and what it would be called.

I created this miniature landscape from a red tile, crushed aluminium can, four stars and a clear glass circle that I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. I’ve called it ‘When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain’, after the song of the same name popular in the 1930s. It is 10x10cm in size and comes with a display stand.

I am a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, and I work under the name NancyDee Sculptures. I create a range of wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches from the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I pick up off the streets.

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 that suggests a meandering river, rusted sheet metal that transforms into a cloud, or in this case, a crushed can that 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, and at the same time, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.