I find kangaroos incredibly expressive. Whether contemplating their facial expressions, their stance or their behaviours, I often find myself wondering what they are thinking.
These made-to-scale kangaroo sculptures are the first creations in my Australian Series.
After dedicating an entire collection to African animals, I am excited to showcase Australian native animals in my art.
The inspiration for my first kangaroo sculpture, Standing Roo, stems from my building days.
I was working in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula and seeing kangaroos in this type of stance was an everyday occurence.
To me, it is a pose of curiosity.
If you look closely, you will see the Standing Roo’s ears are facing different directions.
Kangaroos not only have excellent hearing, but their ability to move their ears independently of each other allows them to detect sounds from different parts of the environment. They can even hear at different frequencies and intensity.
The kangaroo is such an iconic Australian animal that it just wasn’t possible to stop at one corten steel kangaroo sculpture.
Other kangaroos in this series include the Eating Roo, Lounging Roo and Roadkill Roo, and the collection is now one of my most popular.
My kangaroo sculptures have been displayed at numerous art exhibitions.
They won first prize in the ‘Estate’ category at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The Standing Roo also claimed the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Lake Light Sculpture Festival in Jindabyne.