YOU’VE got the decorative decking, gourmet pizza oven and wood-burning fire pit and now you’re looking for the next attention-grabbing addition to your garden.
Have you considered a piece of metal art?
Martin Jaine, of Earlsferry Sculptures carves metal creations for the outdoor spaces of homes, schools, day care centres, businesses and councils.
Next week he exhibits an array of pieces, from $10 spiders to a $30,000 Octo spinner, at Perth Garden Festival at McCallum Park, Victoria Park on April 12 to 15..
We spoke to the Perth master craftsman about his unusual and sought-after handiwork.
How did you get started?
I bought a sculpture for my wife and said: ‘I could make that’ and so I did. I made a few bits, went to the markets, and sold a lot. Now we employ three blokes and send sculptures around Australia and overseas.
What is your favourite piece?
Ellie our elephant – she was sold to a day care centre and is a water feature.
What are your most popular designs?
Grass trees (grass trees are quite hard to grow and ours never die), spheres and benches. We have been asked to make penny farthings, racing bikes, kangaroos and trophies for council awards.
What do you use to make the art?
Our main medium is scrap metal of various types ranging from industrial to farming.
Where do people put the sculptures?
In all parts of the garden from rocky outcrops to decorating walls.