What do rusty metal and sculptures have in common?

July 10, 2015

Is it just me or is there something special about rusty metal? I've never used a soldering iron but I'm convinced I should start. Given metal doesn't degrade, the more ways we can constructively reuse it, the better off the planet will be. It's readily accessible, you only need to venture to your local recycling centre, salvage yard or trawl the kerb the night before household collection days, it comes in interesting shapes, sizes, patinas and textures and is begging to be repurposed. 
While on a recent sojourn to Lake Crackenback in the Snowy Mountains I was blown away by the salvaged metal sculptures littering the lakeside. The "Wind Dancer" above was created by Richard Nutt.
This skeletal number is titled "Fish on Fire" and was created by Steve Croquett. In season this area is a renowned hangout for trout anglers and fresh fish features on all the local restaurant menus.
Artist Jesse Graham constructed a series of Birdwatches complete with metallic binoculars, honing in on her Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. The lakeside flora and quaintly hued dwellings are the perfect backdrop for this feathered friend.
Creator of dragonfly sculpture "Forever in Time", Michael Scott Lees is a well known Jindabyne artist who specialises in photography. You can find out more about him here: www.michaelscottlees.com.au
Purchasing a soldering iron can cost as little as $20 and there are many instructional videos on YouTube as to how to operate one! Your efforts may not produce artwork as aesthetically pleasing as these examples but I'm sure there is guaranteed fun in the process. Watch this space for evidence of our efforts at WHT HQ.



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