Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh ke­

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.

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