Tip Turkey | Brisbane City Council

Tip Turkey

Robert Hains has won second place in Brisbane City Council's Recycling Art Competition with this creation, 'Tip Turkey'.

“The kinetic sculpture was inspired by the Australian White Ibis. A large bird, measuring around 65 centimetres long, the ibis has a black head and neck, a long black down-curved beak, black legs and black wing tips. It is often referred to as the ‘tip turkey’ from its habit of rummaging in garbage.”

This piece is 160 centimetres high and is made from a single bed base and springs, a bar stool, cutlery, a light fitting, a box of old tools and a tree lopper.

Recycling Art Competition

This competition explores the creative potential of recycling household items and furniture, and inspiring others to see the possibility in things that may have otherwise have been thrown away. The artworks have been created with items from Council's tip shops and other second-hand sales.

All about the artist

Robert’s early creative efforts involved welding bronze sculptures and large scale kites. His arts practice has evolved to working with wood, a journey that has led to designing and building an ornamental-lathe to turn intricate shapes. Recently Robert has moved to Wooden Kinetic Sculptures, which use wood and steel, including factory off-cuts and are powered by recycled lead weights and springs. These sculptures are designed on a computer and then cut using a CNC machine.

More information

You can also watch this video and see all the other finalists and their artwork on Brisbane City Council's YouTube Channel. Alternatively, you can watch these videos in an accessible player on Vimeo.

You can also read the text version.

30 March 2015