LAURIE COLLINS: Big Cocky

Steel and recycled steel, 1500 x 1400 x 400mm  – $800

We often have sulphur crested Cockatoos visit our place and other cockys too but you can tell they are about by their harsh call and usually broken pinecones and bits of branch dropped around the trees. They are such characters  and I really enjoy their intelligence, playfulness and presence. When I was a kid I knew and old lady who had one in a cage and it was always with delight that I might be allowed to feed it… also the terror that that strong beak might take off a finger! .I have made this piece with junk
(as is my common practice) to reflect that this marvelous bird is often regarded as a pest to farmers when they descend on a crop in large flocks and strip things bare quickly. This is the second piece I have made featuring a bird form and I am continually amazed by the fluidity and grace of these heavy birds.

Laurie Collins was born in Preston Victoria, in 1954. He started off as a baby but has since grown to 6 foot 5 inches. He went to Rmit to study Civil Engineering and Architecture and girls but only stayed a year in these courses before going to do a B.Ed of Teaching (Arts and Crafts majoring in wood and metal). His first school was Mortlake High School where he developed a love of teaching and started a family. He was involved in the historical society there and enjoyed the community and the area. He then worked at Drouin Secondary College for about 20 years. He did part of a Tafe course in welding and has since developed metal sculptures and furniture. He is now retired and working at his art full time. He is bearded, overweight, sort of ugly and  married to the lovely Marian with 3 grown children. He lives in beautiful Jindivick Victoria where his studio is a shed surrounded by piles of metal junk which makes up parts of his sculptures and furniture.
He reads, listens to music and generally enjoys life.

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