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City on the Hill 3 – Wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures

City on the Hill 3 - Wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures

City on the Hill 3 is my most recent found object assemblage work in this series. Most of my materials come from the streets of Melbourne, but in this case, two of the three fluffy ‘clouds’ were Melbourne beach finds.


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City on the Hill 3 is a small 7x15x2cm cityscape wall sculpture.  Small cylindrical pieces of metal form the ‘buildings’, a piece of twisted metal wire is the ‘hill’, and bits of abalone shell and metal are ‘clouds’. For mounting, I’ve used a piece of  varnished ply. 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 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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