JEWELLERY FOR GARDENS DISCARDS BECOME ARTWORKS
WHEN Kenneth Barr gets his hands on discarded farm equipment, cement, scrap metal, garden tools and even hub caps he transforms them into works of art.
Barr’s collection ranges from small works to large statement pieces, including wall frames, wall hangings of animals and flowers, fruit bowls, plant stands and hangers and even letter boxes, the latter made mostly of steel and copper.
Barr has always been creative but when he did several jobs on building and construction sites he realised how much gets thrown out.
His favourite part of recycling has been the fun of creating each piece because each one has a different story to tell, he says.
Most processes require welding and painting.
“I like spiders so making habitat art creates homes for them as well ... I refer to my art as garden jewellery,” he says.
Barr also uses lots of copper for colour and character.
“I use copper which I oxidise (hence the colour green). I also use steel, tin plate, and brass for different things,” he says.
“Most pieces can be finished in a day though some days I make lots of frames to mount art works on and finish them later.”
Barr says he is always thinking about new ways to use materials.
“At night I’ll often come up with an idea and make a rough sketch and work out bits I’ll need,” he says.
Barr markets his art as Metal Garden Habitat Art because he believes each finished piece should find a habitat of its own.