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City on the Hill 1 – Wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures

City on the Hill 1 - Wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures

City on the Hill 1 is mounted on a piece of red faux granite from Vientiane, Laos. What can I say? If you’re a found object assemblage sculptor and you find something this wonderful, you have to bring it home in your luggage despite the weight.


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This small 6x12x2cm cityscape wall sculpture is called City on the Hill 1.  Small rectangular pieces of metal form the ‘buildings’, a strangely cut piece of sheet metal is the ‘hill’, and a slug is the ‘sun’. All these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. For mounting, I’ve used a piece of red faux granite I found in Laos and brought home in my luggage.

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. This miniature artwork was featured in my solo exhibition Cityscapes from City Streets, held at the North Melbourne Library from December 2019 to January 2020.

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.

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