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Sculpture: Steel on Steel.
I find kangaroos incredibly expressive. Whether contemplating their facial expressions, their stance or their behaviours, I often find myself wondering what they are thinking.
I jokingly call this corten steel kangaroo ‘Jack Thompson, Cleo centrefold’ because of his buff arms and lounging pose.
He reminds me of the famous nude spread the Aussie actor did for Cleo magazine back in the ’70s.
Thompson was the first male centrefold to appear in the women’s magazine. His controversial shoot was a feminist response to the nudes commonly found in men’s publications of that era.
Funnily enough, female kangaroos are thought to be attracted to the size of a male roo’s arms.
And many tongue-in-cheek articles have been written about how ‘buff’ these animals look.
All jokes aside, the kangaroo is a beloved and iconic Australian animal.
As a nation, we love them, while other people come from all over the world just to see them.
So, after creating my first corten steel kangaroo, it just wasn’t possible to stop at one.
My collection of kangaroo sculptures, which now includes the Eating Roo, Curious Roo and Roadkill Roo, are among my most popular outdoor and garden sculptures.
These much-loved Mornington Peninsula animal sculptures have been displayed at many art exhibitions and won several awards.
The kangaroos in my Australian Series won first prize in the ‘Estate’ category at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. They also claimed the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Lake Light Sculpture Festival in Jindabyne.
Therefore, they would make a great addition to any home, garden or business venture.
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