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Made with the mesh from used disposable barbecue grills collected from the local common on warm summer evenings after the crowds have gone home. The legs and feet are soldered together from old bicycle wheel spokes.

I walk quite a bit and I'm lucky enough to live by the coast. For many years I have used flotsam and jetsam for art, and in 2008 I started to collect the mesh from used disposable barbecues left in the park during the summer. Over time, I have developed the techniques of forming these grills into these beautiful bird sculptures.

The gulls, crows, starlings and blackbirds that live around my home area are the inspiration for most of these pieces. I've spent a good few years watching them. They are always entertaining. I try to capture moments of dynamic movement and character. This involves creating a context to illustrate some aspect of the bird's behaviour or personality. In this case it's the curious investigation of materials that may be food, nesting material, a tool or a toy.

You can read more about my bird sculptures and my other artwork over on my blog page at

Materials used:

Used disposable barbecue mesh

Machine Head (2016)

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This artwork is sold by Dave Kirby from United Kingdom

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