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Rolling Home 1 - Wall sculpture/paperweight by NancyDee Sculptures

I created Rolling Home 1 – a small sculpture or alternatively a paperweight – from cement tile and metal cylinders I found on the streets of Melbourne. It reminded me of the song, “Rolling home, rolling home, by the light of the silvery mooo oooo oooo ooon.” We sang that at camp where I grew up in the United States. Not sure if it was popular as a camp song here, but home is now here in Melbourne.


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Rolling Home 1 is a small 9x9x2 wall sculpture that comes with a stand, but it can also be used as a paperweight. I made it at my home studio, before I became an artist-in-residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. It is created from a cement tile and cylindrical pieces of metal that I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

Although I now create some representational works – mostly cityscapes – many of my works like this one are more abstract or geometrical. They often juxtapose different types of found objects, such as nuts and bobby pins, or cream chargers and hair clips.

My palette is essentially silver-coloured, rust-coloured, wood grain and black, so I am fascinated with the subtle range of variations in scratches, patina and sheen of the objects I find. Many of the metal pieces have turned a fine shade of rust from months or years on the street before I ‘rescue’ them, including several of the cylinders in this work.

Rolling Home 1 has been featured in two exhibitions: ‘Lost and Found’ at Incube8r Gallery, Fitzroy, in 2018, and ‘Diminutive’ at The Old Auction House, Kyneton, in 2019.

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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