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How Does Your Garden Grow? - Miniature sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” I wasn’t sure when I was making this miniature work whether the screws were people or trees or flowers. But it became obvious the closer I got to finishing it – I could feel the blooms swaying in the breeze.


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This miniature freestanding sculpture is called How Does Your Garden Grow? It is made from a black rectangular block of wood found on the streets of Canberra, and a flat piece of metal with ‘waves’, silver-coloured screw ‘flowers’ and a sprocket washer ‘sun’ found on the streets of Melbourne. It can sit on a bookshelf or desk, or even in a workshop, as a decoration, or alternatively, it can be used as a paperweight.

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.

I am committed to sustainability in my art through upcycling trash I find on the streets, beaches and in skips. 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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