Materials: Found objects, timber, calcified limestone, glory vine, flotsam
Size: 60 x 60 x 160 cm
The opportunity to receive the ‘flotsam and jetsam’ her friend had collected over a span of 30 years from fossicking on Bathers Beach led Patricia to make ‘Beach Bird’. The materials may have been in the ocean for up to 100 years and could be either from ships ballast or ‘fill’ from construction of the South Mole. All are very hardy and have a tough outer layer of salt from travelling with the tide. The bird’s shape is representative of the Common Bronze Wing Pigeon which would have been a common sight in the early days of settlement but which now is found mostly in less urbanised areas across Australia.