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Along the Yarra 6 - Tile wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures

Along the Yarra 6 is part of an ongoing series, though I limit each series to 12 works as a maximum. Each is different, because it is totally dependent on whatever junk I’ve been finding on Melbourne’s streets. So this work not only pictures Melbourne through my imagination, but is also made from Melbourne’s lost and discarded trash.


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This small 10x12cm cityscape wall sculpture is called Along the Yarra 6. It comes with a stand. Set it on a bookshelf or desk, or even in a workshop, as a reminder of Melbourne.

I created this unique artwork from an orange tile, miscellaneous rectangular pieces of metal and a slug ‘sun’. All of these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks – including the tile backing.

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 that suggests a meandering river, rusted sheet metal that transforms into a cloud, 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.

This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)

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