Zippety City 1 – Found object assemblage wall sculpture


It’s amazing the number of zipper pulls I’ve found, all from different clothing companies, many with name labels that are still legible. Enough zips, in fact, to build a ‘city’ along the banks of a twisting ‘river’. Who knows? Maybe one of those zips may have originally belonged to clothing you owned!

This cityscape wall sculpture is called Zippety City 1. I mounted this work on a chunk of cement, then on a dark brown board, then on a triangular shaped pieces of ply. Zipper pulls of various shapes and sizes form the ‘buildings’, which are set along the banks of a twisted metal ‘river’. All these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

I am 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 metal strip that suggests a meandering river, a sprocket washer that transforms into the sun, or a broken tile 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.