Artist: Blake McMahon

For this project, I found it really hard to choose an idea to complete. I decided to make a man out of recycled materials, as my Dad and I brainstormed several ideas and the thought of making a metal man was a good idea and something that could be made from scrap materials we had.

Once I decided on making ‘Jeff’, I researched online and found ideas for using scrap materials to make my person. Some of the materials I had access to were: Chains, Old machinery parts and Old fencing.

I liked the idea of using these materials to make my metal man, because I knew that if I were to leave him out in the elements, he would develop rust, giving him more character and life.

I used materials that I found at my property to make my piece. I used an old fence post for the body, a curled bit of metal for the head, a chain for the arms so that he could move them, and a muffler to use as a backpack. I decided that he also needed features and so I looked for, and gathered old bolts for ears, chain for earrings, bolt nuts for eyes and wire for his mouth. Using these materials helped me to realise that we throw a lot of still usable materials out, and that even if they can’t be used for their real purpose anymore, they can be given new life in another form.

Region: Parkes